Royal Challengers will bounce back: Dravid

Published: Saturday, May 3, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: Bangalore Royal Challengers skipper Rahul Dravid yesterday expressed confidence that his team would bounce back in the clash against Hyderabad Deccan Challengers in the DLF-IPL match to be played at the M Chinnaswamy stadium here today.

Talking to newspersons yesterday, he said ''we have five international players and we have lost the matches very closely. So I am confident of bouncing back with a winning note.''

Dravid said Anil Kumble, who was in injury list, had recovered and may play. Sunil Joshi may sit out and there was all possibility for Pakistan batsman Misbah-ul-Haq to be included in the match.

On how he would like to motivate the players since the team had suffered a great setback having lost four matches out of the five played, he said there was no particular plan. ''Every player should take it as a challenge and play. The team is not poor in its performance and it is doing well as we have lost very closely,'' he said.

To another question, he said in T20 matches, executing the game plan was very important irrespective of who the opponent is.

''It does not make any difference whom we meet in T20, executing well matters,'' he added.

The teams (From):

Hyderabad Deccan Chargers: V V S Laxman (Capt), Sanjay Bangar, Haldhar Das, Herschelle Gibbs, Scott Styris, Adam Gilchrist, D Kalyan Krishna, Pragyan Ohja, D Ravi Teja, P M Sarvesh Kumar, Shahid Afridi, Rohit Sharma, Rudra Pratap Singh, Chamara Silva, Chaminda Vaas, Y Venugopal Rao, P Vijay Kumar, Arjun Yadav and Nuwan Zoysa.

Bangalore Royal Challengers: Rahul Dravid (Capt), Wasim Jaffer, Jacques Kallis, Virat Kohli, Cameron White, Mark Boucher, Ashley Noffke, J Arun Kumar, R Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Ross Taylor, Misbah-ul-Huq, B Akhil, K P Appanna and Sreevats Goswani.


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