Bangalore, Mar 30: Australian all-rounder Andrew McDonald is looking to contribute to Royal Challengers Bangalore's success in the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The 30-year-old McDonald was bought by RCB for this season from Delhi Daredevils. He did not have enough chances to prove his worth with Delhi and he is now keen to make it up with the Bangalore outfit.
After joining his RCB team-mates at the M. Chinnamswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Thursday for his second day of preparations, he later spoke to the media.
Here are the excerpts:
Question: How have been your preparations for IPL 2012?
Andrew McDonald: Just got in yesterday, had a couple of sessions and the boys are keen and it is shaping up well. And obviously we want to continue the good effort in the tournament and continue the trend.
Q: How do you compare Big Bash in Australia and IPL?
McDonald: It is a question I am always asked, about comparing the leagues all around the world but it’s a quiet difficult one because of the vast difference in conditions. It is a huge factor, obviously in Australia it’s a little bit more bouncy, and out here there are chances of spin. It is hard to judge. This is a fantastic tournament having probably the world’s best players and you got to say that this attracts the world’s best and it is a tournament I want to be involved in.
Q: How has been your interaction with Anil Kumble?
McDonald: I met Anil yesterday. Obviously I met him around before. This is the first time we are on board with the same team. Yesterday it was all about "hello" and he said, "welcome aboard." As for team planning and preparation, that will take some time as half the team is not here.
Q: What are your targets with RCB?
McDonald: Looking to contribute. This is a fantastic team and it’s been a great franchise enjoying success over the years. Looking to contribute and obviously the last time with Delhi, there wasn’t much action there, so looking to contribute to the new franchise.
Q: Michael Clarke is onboard with Pune Warriors and there seems to be a slow change among Australian players towards IPL?
McDonald: Michael Clarke is obviously a big one. For the Australian captain to get onboard is a big step. It is probably got to do with the scheduling as well as the Australians have a bit of a break coming up (in the international schedule). Of course when it is a congested season and you got to pick and choose and country is obviously the priority. Everyone wants to play a part in the IPL and Clarke has now put his hand up and it is good the best cricketers are playing in the world’s best
Q: Have you interacted with the Indian or Karnataka players in RCB team?
McDonald: They are a great bunch. I have been here for some 48 hours and so far so good. It is a good environment, hard working, quiet relaxed, it is a hard working group and that has probably gone in hand in hand with the success they have had so far.