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'This Rajasthan Royals team believes in playing smart cricket'

May 01, 2014 18:30 IST

'This Rajasthan Royals team believes in playing smart cricket'

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Rajat Bhatia has taken a mild dig at Kolkata Knight Riders by stating that every member of Rajasthan Royals were aware about the equation of Super Over but he was unaware whether KKR knew that two runs off last ball would have clinched the issue. 

"This Rajasthan Royals team believes in playing smart cricket rather than aggressive cricket. We knew that two runs from the last delivery was good enough to win the match.

"Steve Smith and Shane Watson were out there in the middle and you don't need to tell them what needs to be done. They knew it beforehand. It was about showing common sense which is emphasised at every team meeting. 

"Each and every guy in our team knew about the equation. I don't know whether KKR players were about it or not," Bhatia said prior to Royals' net session.

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Image: Rajasthan Royals players celebrate a wicket
Photographs: BCCI

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'We don't care about winning and losing'

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Asked about the difference of playing for Royals, the veteran all-rounder was frank in his assessment. 

"Well, I think they are more planned and systematic in their approach. Here every move is meticulously sorted out. It's not like we just go to the ground and plan things. We have things sorted out much before. Some plans work and some don't," he said.

Royals have won three matches in the UAE leg and Bhatia insists that there was no specific goal as far as number of victories are concerned. 

"To be honest there wasn't any kind of targets set. We have a very good set of players and a mentor of Rahul Dravid's calibre. So when we go out there on the field, we don't care about winning and losing. We try to play our best cricket and we know that we will get best results."

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Image: Rajat Bhatia is congratulated by Rajasthan teammates
Photographs: BCCI

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'It's not about Shane Watson but every individual'

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Asked about whether lack of superstars save Shane Watson has been a boon, Bhatia replied, "Every player in our team is a superstar. That's the reason why they have been picked.

"It's not about Shane Watson but every individual in this team who will have to play their parts. They know the roles assigned to them.

"It's not about foreign players overshadowing Indian players. At the end of the day, four foreign players will play and seven Indian players."

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Image: Rajasthan captain Shane Watson congratulates Rajat Bhatia
Photographs: BCCI

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'My job is to make the batsmen struggle'

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For Bhatia, the role remains same where in he needs to restrict the opposition batsmen in the middle overs. 

"I am doing what exactly I did for Delhi Daredevils and KKR in earlier editions of IPL. My job is to make the batsmen struggle with my strengths and get a few wickets. It's not about bowling 140 kmph." Bhatia is ready to provide inputs about Feroze Shah Kotla track having knowledge of it's nature like back of his palm. 

"Obviously, the team will benefit from my experience of playing at Kotla. All teams will now realise that maximum matches will be played in India.

"So all teams need to adapt quickly and do their homework. As far as playing at Kotla is concerned, yes, it is an advantage but I haven't yet had a look at the wicket as it is covered."

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Image: Rajat Bhatia
Photographs: BCCI

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