Jaipur: Royals Challengers Bangalore’s skipper Daniel Vettori on Sunday said that his side's batting was not too heavily dependent on Chris Gayle and they could win even if the explosive opener failed to score.
"I am happy [the way] Chris [Gayle] is batting. He is one of the best T20 players in the world. But we are not wholly dependent on him and other the batsmen were also capable of winning matches for us. We beat Delhi Daredevils in our first match without him," said Vettori ahead of his side's match against Rajasthan Royals on Monday. "We have come here after beating two good teams, like Pune Warriors [India] and [Kings XI] Punjab, in back-to-back matches and that gives us more confidence. We were beaten by the [Rajasthan] Royals in our own backyard and we have thought over it and would try and win this one [match]," he said.
Asked about Tillakaratne Dilshan replacing Muttiah Muralitharan in their previous match, Vettori said that the hardest part of the IPL was that only four overseas players can play in any match.
"This is the hardest part of the IPL that we have to play only four overseas players and because of that we have to leave someone like Murali because we want to play three overseas batsmen. Dilshan has a chance to play in tomorrow's match while Cheteshwar Pujara is injured," the former New Zealand captain said.
Vettori also said that the poor form of Virat Kohli is not a big problem and he is a good player and will come back strong in the remaining tournament. "He is a talented and a very sound player and can bounce back any time. Our bowling too has come good with Zaheer Khan back to his normal pace. We contained a very good team on a very good wicket to 160 odd, which was a good bowling effort," he said.
On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals’ player Stuart Binny said that the home conditions would enable his side to prevail over Bangalore once again. "We have beaten them in Bangalore and that gives us confidence. We are not overly dependent on Ajinkya Rahane and Owais Shah and are pretty strong in the middle [order] [as well], and that helps us to push [our score] to 180-190 after a decent start," he said.
When asked about the last-ball loss against Chennai Super Kings on Saturday, Binny said, "It was a close match and we have been through this earlier too. We had planned to try and push the issue [match] till the end. The pitch was not helping the pace [bowlers] and was slow." The allrounder also added that his team has plans against Gayle. "We have plans for Gayle, who is in tremendous form. But I cannot divulge those plans [right now]. I can also not comment whether Shaun Tait will play tomorrow or not."