Bangalore, Mar 29: Murali Kartik is the latest recruit for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The left-arm spinner will be seen in RCB colours for IPL 6 and he feels slow bowlers now have a big role in deciding the fate of Twenty20 matches.
Kartik had previously played for Kolkata Knight Riders and Pune Warriors. On Thursday (March 28), he trained with his new team-mates at M Chinnaswamy Stadium and later spoke to the media about the new season.
Here are the excerpts
On role of the spinners in Twenty20 cricket
The first time I played T20 cricket, I went for 39 runs in four overs, against Surrey. Then I thought ‘this is not the game for spinners.' Having come from the old school of playing four-day cricket and 50-over cricket, I was trying to bowl the 50-over way which didn't work. Everybody thought that we - the spinners - are going to be easy meat. As life teaches you to survive, the spinners have tried different things. Now you can see so many spinners bowling close to three overs in the Powerplay. I have been bowling the first over in Powerplays for most of the teams I have played for - Pune Warriors, Kolkata Knight Riders, Surrey, Somerset or Railways. From being a cannon fodder, you're bowling within the Powerplay. That shows how much the spinners have come around. And 140-145 scores are sometimes defendable when the spinners have a massive role to play. The economy rate of spinners is also something I believe is getting better.
On Virat Kohli named as RCB captain
He is somebody who has been earmarked as a leader not only for this team but also for India. He was the vice-captain to (MS) Dhoni, and if my memory serves me right, on a couple of occasions he has stood in for Dhoni. He is a young guy who has got precocious talent and he has got that attitude and zeal, that is good to have in a captain. He is in a good frame of mind and space right now.
On his bowling variations for T20s
I bowl six different deliveries and the batsman hits them for sixes to different parts (laughs)... that's all I can say. I have never been the one who has gone and tried these things. I try my own things relying on subtle variations which I have learnt after playing the game for so long. I think I am a classical left-arm spinner, and I do my things in a very different way.
On IPL being a platform for India selection
I don't think like that. Personally, I have never looked at IPL as a criterion to get picked in Tests. If you do well in T20s, you need to get picked in T20s and if you do well in 50 overs, you need to get picked in 50 overs. Yes, it has helped people like Ashish (Nehra) and Bala (Lakshmipathy Balaji).
On failing to get India call up after doing well
You can't fight destiny. God has been kind enough to me and allowed me to play for my country. Wherever I go and play, I just need to bowl well and bat well.