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Anand Subramaniam in Ranchi

Adaptability will be key in CLT20 2013: Rob Walter

Titans coach feels his side needs to get used to Indian conditions soon

Last year’s semi-finalists, Titans, would be hoping to take that extra step and get closer to the CLT20 trophy this time around for which they are leaving no stone unturned. With dark clouds dominating the sky in Ranchi and a drizzle every evening, teams here have found it challenging to cope with the conditions and sneak in those practice sessions. Despite the difficulties in preparations, Titans coach Rob Walter was happy with the way the side was shaping up.

“We have had a good preseason back at home before coming here. We are just coming out of winter in South Africa. The pitches tend to be really slow, which I feel is a good preparation for conditions like here. In Ranchi over the past few days, the rain has been a bit of a factor, but fortunately we have got a chance to practice and play a practice game against the local side. We are fairly happy with what we have achieved so far.”

Rain is bound to be a key factor when the teams begin their campaign here, but Titans captain Henry Davids believed in focusing on what was in their control. “The weather is something we cannot control and do not have a hold on. We, as a team, are just focusing on what we are set to do on the field. We will be focusing on our basics and our strengths and go and enjoy the game,” Davids said.

With different teams and different conditions in play, coach Walter felt his side has done its homework. “Everyone prepares against the opposition, and you get video footage and statistical analyses of the respective teams. We have done our homework on how we would like to play. Every team has some game breakers in it and their ability to be better than our plans will separate one team from the other on the day.”

The Titans meet the Chennai Super Kings in their first game of the tournament on 22nd September and coach Walters has put his drawing board to good use ahead of that encounter. “We are busy preparing for Chennai Super Kings and chalking out plans as to what needs to be done on that day. We are making sure that our plans are in place. We will have to wait and see how much of our plans are executed. But cricket is a sport where things can change on the day and you have got to be able to adapt, which is the key for success,” he said.

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