Bangalore: Containing big-hitting opener Virender Sehwag and putting up a good fielding show are part of Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Daniel Vetorri's plans to limit Delhi Daredevils in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Saturday.
"I think if we field well and limit some of the damage Sehwag can do that will be part of our plan. If we do that consistently we may give ourselves a chance," Vettori said before a net session here.
"It is always difficult to play against Sehwag because he is a very good player of fast and spin bowling," he said. On being slow starters in previous IPL matches, Vettori said the team management has been talking about it and found out that poor fielding had let them down at the start of last IPL and Champions League.
"Fielding was not up to standards (and) that didn't allow us to register wins. When we sorted that out we started winning," he said. The RCB skipper said he was very happy with this year's team, which has been bolstered by Andrew Mcdonald and Vinay Kumar, who is making a comeback.
"Young Indian player Harshal Patel has impressed in the nets. Vinay is a quality bowler and Andrew is a good allrounder coming in," he said. Vettori hoped that the RCB meet fans' expectations and go one step further this time around.
"Expectation is a good thing. Whenever you perform people want to see you perform even better. We have made pretty good improvements in the team." Asked about Zaheer Khan's fitness, Vettori said he was confident of the left-arm bowler going out and perform.
"He has been bowling a lot in the nets. He is slowly getting back into the fitness mould," he said. Replying to a question, Vettori said RCB expect much the same from West Indian batsman Chris Gayle as he did in last IPL.
"I think Gayle is probably the best T20 batsman in the world. He scored a couple of centuries in Bangladesh Premier League and unfortunately he was injured for South Africa series. But I know he loves playing IPL and playing for RCB," he said.
Vettori said AB de Villiers would be donning the wicket-keeping gloves in Saturday's match. Asked about the Chinnaswamy wicket, Vettori said he didn't see it, but hoped it would play as it did last IPL.
"Last year's wicket suited us. We enjoyed playing on it, particularly our top-order batsmen," he said. On Virat Kohli, Vettori said the Indian vice-captain was a revelation in Australia and Asia Cup.
"The innings he played in Australia and Bangladesh shows what a quality player he is. He has grown from strength to strength since Champions League. He has established himself as one of the best batsman in the world."