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We can win games despite Gayle's failure: Vettori

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Published: Monday, April 23, 2012, 12:06 [IST]
 
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'RCB is not wholly dependent on Gayle'

Jaipur, Apr 23: Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Daniel Vettori has said his team can play well even if the Jamaican force Chris Gayle fails and the batting was not heavily dependent on the West Indies batsman, during the pre-match conference ahead of their clash against Rajasthan Royals on Monday.

"Yes I am happy 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 batsmen are 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 here tomorrow.

After beating Warriors and Kings XI Punjab, the team is very confident of winning the next match against Rahul Dravid-led Royals at Jaipur on Monday.

"We have come here after beating two good teams like Pune Warriors and Punjab Kings eleven in back to back matches and that gives us more confidence. We were beaten by the Royals in our own back yard and we have thought over it and would try and win this one," he said.

When asked Vettori about spin legend Muttaiah Muralitharan being rested to accomodate Tillakaratne Dilshan, he said it was the hardest part of IPL since the team can play only four overseas players.

"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," said the former New Zealand captain.

Virat Kohli's form isn't a worry for the skipper as Vettori said, he is too good a player and can bounce back any time, though he has not fired in the tournament so far after playing consistently for the last few months.

"He is a talented and 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.

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