Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne admitted that Sunday’s eight-wicket victory over the Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the Indian Premier League was particularly sweet.
Having won their first two matches of the tournament, the Royals lost three on the trot and saw their clash with the Royal Challengers abandoned due to rain. It wasn’t only the results that were a problem, though, with each of the three defeats coming by a sizeable margin.
With this in mind, Warne confesseed that his team were exceptionally happy after comprehensively outgunning the men from Kochi.
“We had to play four matches in seven days and that in far corners. We also played pretty disappointing cricket but I am happy with the way the boys have come and responded,” Warne said.
“After three dismal losses we sat together and had honest chats among us. The sessions with trainer Jeremy Snape too helped us a lot. We were back at the drawing board and came up good. The losses had hurt us and I am happy we have responded well with intensity.”
An opening stand of 70 between Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson was a key factor in the Royals’ victory, but when asked if the duo would remain at the top of the order, the Australian insisted that the starting line-up was dependent on the opposition and hinted that pace ace Shaun Tait would make a return soon.
“Tait took three for 23 but could not find a place today because pitch seemed to be low,” he said.
“I feel we need more pace in our attack. Watson and Siddharta (Trivedi) are doing well but still we need more pace in our attack.” Cricket365