Mumbai, Apr 11: West Indies' all-rounder Kevon Cooper has proved his worth in the two IPL games he has played for Rajasthan Royals. He has been impressive with both bat and ball. For him it is a dream come true to play in this cash-rich Twenty20 League. He also praised Rahul Dravid and said he wanted to follow him and wants to be "humble" like his IPL captain.
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"I am just enjoying IPL 5. It is a dream for me to play in IPL. Couple of years back I was at home watching cricket and I wanted to play in IPL and now I am here," Cooper said.
Rajasthan Royals are in Mumbai to play against the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday night. So far, Rajasthan have won both their matches. They have beaten Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab.
Cooper is the joint highest wicket-taker so far in IPL 5. He has 7 wicket in his kitty and looks to add more to that tally. Besides this, he has hit some big shots with the bat in Jaipur.
"So far (I have played) two games and (scalped) seven wickets. I can't complain and I couldnt have asked for a better start," he said.
The 23-year-old said he is used to playing on slow wickets and Indian pitches are similar to that in the Caribbean.
"Back home the wickets are slow and over here also the wickets are same. So just trying to do my tricks and get some more wickets," he said.
Cooper praised Rajasthan's captain Rahul Dravid. "It is a great feeling for me to be in the same box as Rahul...in the same dressing room and have a chat with him. He is a legend of the game. I think he led the side very well during the first two games. He is very easy-going, very cool. I think he sticks to his plans. I hope he works with his plans and we can win the next 14 games," he said.
"He (Dravid) is a great batsman, a great player. He has achieved a lot in cricket. He is a very humble guy and a cool character, which is something I want to pick up from him. Although, I am doing well, I want to stay focussed. (I want to) Keep my head on my shoulder and continue performing for Rajasthan," he added.