IPL has improved world cricket: RCB's Dirk Nannes

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Published: Friday, April 20, 2012, 13:20 [IST]
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IPL, a good learning experience: Nannes

Mohali, Apr 20: Royal Challengers Bangalore seamer Dirk Nannes believes the cash-rich league offers a good learning experience for players across the globe as the Indian Premier League has made a positive impact on world cricket within a few years since its inception.

"IPL is a good opportunity to talk to other players. As a bowler, I am talking to batsmen. I think IPL is a good learning experience. With people collaborating with each other at various levels, I feel it has improved world cricket over the last few years," Nannes told reporters at the PCA stadium on Thursday on the eve of his team's clash against Kings XI Punjab here on Friday.

Nannes, who has been a part of the Royal Challengers' squad, has not played a single match in the fifth edition of IPL, but says it has not demoralised him.

"It can be frustrating (at not getting a game), but you got to come in this tournament with an air of patience. You realise there are so many good players around, so many international players. The tournament is so long that you will get a game eventually," the 35-year-old left-arm pacer said.

While asked how he tends to concentrate on his game while he doesn't get a game, sitting with other reserve players, he said, "One would be upset and angry at not getting a game, but that's not what I am thinking about. I stay very positive."

With two victories off five outings, RCB's morale boosting win over Pune Warriors at Bangalore is enough to motivate the boys, as they are all charged for Friday's clash against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali.

When asked about the status of the little girl who was hit by Chris Gayle's huge hit, he said Tia is fine, and wished her a speedy recovery on behalf of the team.

"She was operated upon yesterday. She is better and is at home. Hopefully, she should be okay soon. As a team we wish her well and a speedy recovery," he said.


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