Rajasthan Royals Mentor Rahul Dravid insisted on Thursday that his team has not played poor cricket in the ongoing Indian Premier League barring one game against Royal Challengers Bangalore when they were restricted to a paltry score of 130.
“We started well by winning five games on the trot. Then two of our games got rained out and we lost two games (against Sun Risers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings). We have not played badly barring the one game against RCB when we made 130. The others were lost narrowly and or via the super over (against Kings XI Punjab),” said Dravid, at the announcement of Royals’ new social initiative, ‘Bat for the Girl Child’.
Royals are currently placed fourth on the IPL table with 14 points and a game against defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in hand at the Brabourne Stadium here on May 16, which is a must-win game for the Jaipur franchise.
Dravid said he and his teammates would be rooting for a win for Mumbai Indians today against KKR.
Dravid was full of praise for the incredible shot-making of AB de Villiers that he exhibited for RCB against MI on Sunday last while making 133 not out in just 59 balls.
“Even in best of form, I could not imagine to play that way. He and Brendon McCullum are showing the way ahead for the youngsters. The game is going ahead. Viv Richards (West Indies great) first showed how to attack and then (Sanath) Jayasuriya and (Romesh) Kaluwitharana (of Sri Lanka) showed how to bat in the first 15 overs of an ODI,” he said.
Calling for more balance between the bat and the ball, Dravid supported the idea of allowing bowlers to deliver two bouncers per over even in T20 games. “Currently, if a bowler bowls a bouncer off the first ball of an over, the batsmen can attack him as they know he cannot bowl another bouncer in that over. Even in T20s two bouncers per over should be allowed. The boundary length should also be increased to redress the balance,” said Dravid.