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Hope to continue aggressively against Volts: Binny
RR all-rounder also highlights importance of having flexible all-rounders in the side
One such player is Stuart Binny. The RR all-rounder has helped his team pull off victories from improbable situations, especially during IPL 2013. As the Royals get set for their final Group encounter, against the Otago Volts, before they move on to the CLT20 2013 semi-finals, clt20.com spoke to Binny about his role in the RR set-up and their aggressive approach against their opponents.
Excerpts from his interview:
Tell us about RR’s strategy of using six to seven bowlers in a game to not letting opposition batsmen settle down
As a batsman myself, if I have played an over of a bowler, and if he comes in to bowl his second and third over, I try and figure out what areas he is bowling. So then you can attack him in the third over. I don’t think we are giving teams the chance to really see bowlers too much. That’s the whole plan – coming in and bowling different bowlers. Sometimes in a match I would come in and bowl just one over. Our roles keep changing from time to time and you have to be prepared to bowl at anytime and bowl a good over.
Royals have a flexible line-up and game plan. How do you and your teammates prepare to perform in different scenarios?
We have come into this tournament knowing our roles clearly. It may happen that I may have to bowl the last over or maybe even the third over. We have practiced it and I do it in domestic cricket as well. I tend to bowl in the powerplay in domestic cricket. It’s a skill that you have to go out in the nets and practice. It’s not something that you can land up and expect to deliver. So it all starts with the practice. And there has to be a mindset that we may be in a particular position in a match. So we have all gone out and tried it in the nets and it works for some of us.
You have one of the best all-rounders, Shane Watson, in your team. How has his presence helped you?
It’s been great and it has helped me a lot. I tend to bat and have big partnerships with him in the IPL. It gives you the freedom and courage when you are batting out there to go and take on opposition bowlers. I think his attitude when he bats is very aggressive, so you can feed off a guy like that. Even when we have been in tough situations, his body language is great. The talks between the overs are also positive. Things like that can really help you, especially if you are under the pump a bit.
When it comes to his all-rounder’s role, it is really crucial because he bowls his four overs and then bats at No.3, which is not easy to do. I think it’s the way he prepares in the nets and just watching him, it helps. His thought process is really good.
How has being with the Royals helped you as a player?
They have helped me a lot. They have given me the opportunity and the freedom to play the brand of cricket that I play. I am very grateful. This is my third year with them, and in the last year and a half I have played all my games with them. It’s great that they have shown faith in me and I have gone and performed.
What is the way forward for you?
I am just going to go out and play consistent cricket. The key here is that I have had a decent IPL and hope to have a decent Champions League T20 as well. It’s important for me to be consistent. One of the areas that I am trying to focus on is to be a match-winner every two-three innings. I look to take the team through and I am not looking too far ahead. I just went on an India A tour to South Africa, which is exciting and I think it’s a step a forward for me for sure. And with the T20 World Cup coming up, I think these tournaments are going to be crucial for me.
What are your thoughts on your final Group opponents, Otago Volts?
I have never played against them before, so they are going to be a pretty new team for most of us. We have done a bit of research on them. We have to go and play the brand of cricket that we usually play. It’s our home turf, so we are going to go out and play aggressive cricket and make them feel that they are on our turf and keep things simple like we have done in these three-four matches. We have looked to bowl and bat well, and whenever we have had the opportunity to hold the game, we have taken our chances.