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Want to carry forward my finisher role: RCB 'keeper-batter Anuj Rawat

Source: ANI
February 22, 2024 20:39 IST
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IMAGE: The RCB wicketkeeper-batter said the team’s preparations for the upcoming season will get underway from March 10. Photograph: BCCI

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) wicketkeeper-batter Anuj Rawat said on Thursday that the franchise will be starting its preparations for the Indian Premier League (IPL) from March 10 onwards and he will be looking to carry on his role as a finisher last season.

RCB finished sixth in the previous season, winning seven and losing seven matches. 14 points were not enough to secure them a position in the playoffs.


The highly popular franchise, boasting popular superstars like Virat Kohli, Faf Du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell etc will be looking to end their trophy drought this year.

Camp starts from March 10

"Ranji has just finished. There are some local T20 tournaments after this. From 10 March onwards, our camps for IPL will start," said Anuj in his exclusive interview with ANI.

"During the last year, I played the finisher role, I would like to carry forward that. I played well. I would practice accordingly in the camp," he added.

In seven innings last year, this young RCB batter scored 91 runs in seven innings at an average of 30.33 and a strike rate of 30.33, with the best score of 29n.o. His strike rate was 128.16.

On the team ending their trophy drought this time, Anuj said that often team combinations and luck prevent them from winning, but the team is really strong and they would like to win the title this time.

"No doubt we have a massive fanbase. When it comes to winning, there are a lot of factors sometimes that prevent us from winning, like combinations or luck.

"But from what I have seen within these two years, our team is very strong and hope we will do something special this year," he said.

‘You have to balance both…but IPL is a bigger factor’

Rawat said that BCCI making domestic red-ball cricket compulsory for centrally-contracted players is the right move and players who perform well there do get rewarded.

"When you do well in IPL, it increases your chances of coming to the national side. But there is also Sarfaraz Khan who recently got a chance to play for India after years of doing well in domestic cricket.

IMAGE: Talking about playing with Virat Kohli, the RCB batter said the team’s youngsters learn a lot from the star cricketer during the two months of the tournament. Photograph: BCCI

"So you have to balance both. But IPL is a bigger factor," he said.

"It is a great decision (to make domestic cricket compulsory) because in a lot of states, players miss domestic cricket and prioritise IPL.

"It is important that domestic cricket is played and I am glad it is made compulsory. When you do well consistently, you will get a national call-up," he added. 

‘In those two months, youngsters learn a lot from Kohli’

Rawat said that players get to learn a lot from star India batter Virat Kohli while spending two months with him during the IPL with the team.

"When you spend time around him (Virat), you get to learn a lot from him, like his work ethic.

"Even when you do not ask him about something and just observe him, you get to learn from him a lot. When we spend those two months with him, we get to learn a lot," said Rawat.

‘What Dhoni can do behind the stumps, no one else can’

The young wicketkeeper-batter said that the biggest match for RCB in IPL is against five-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK). He also praised the legendary wicketkeeper-batter MS Dhoni.

"What Dhoni can do behind the stumps, no one else can.

"I have interacted with him a lot in the IPL. I ask him for tips sometimes. But merely just observing him helps you learn a lot," he said.

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Source: ANI