Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Kedar Jhadav on Saturday felt there was no need to promote young Sarfaraz Khan in the batting order when they meet Delhi Daredevils in an IPL match on Saturday, as he was doing well at number five. (Fixtures | Squads)
“I don’t see any changes in the batting line-up because everyone is doing well at their respective positions. So, if Sarfaraz is doing well at number five, he should stick to that, and that is what he can do best for the team,” he told reporters on the eve of the match at Chinnaswamy stadium.
Asked about the return of Samuel Badree, Jadhav said he does not have any idea when the West Indian tweaker would return, but lavished praise on the contributions made by Yuzuvendra Chahal who shouldered the responsibility of RCB’s spin attack.
“I don’t have any idea when Badree is going to return, but regarding Yuzi, he has been doing well for RCB over the years and he is a quality bowler in domestic cricket. Yes you are right, he is one of the main spinners we have currently, but the moment Badree will be here, his presence will only strengthen our bowling,” he said.
Jadhav said travel concern is part and parcel of players’ lives, but it is useful, for they get to know each other well, which is the “hallmark” of a really good team.
“Travel concern is part and parcel of the professional cricketers’ lives. We all are used to this. Sometimes I feel it is good to be traveling – you get to spend more time with your team-mates. You get to know about them, and getting to know each other is a hallmark of a really good side,” he said.
Asked about RCB bowlers leaking too many runs, Jadhav said it is inappropriate to blame the bowlers because the ground and the boundaries in Bengaluru are too short.
“I guess it is a high scoring ground, so you cannot blame bowlers for it … The deck here is completely batting paradise and have small boundary. So, as a batsman you have to put enough runs on the board to back our bowlers,” he said.
Asked about ways to tackle leggie Amit Mishra and Chris Gayle’s failure against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Jadhav said he doesn’t see any problem with the West Indian’s batting.
“I don’t see any worry. Last game you can see it was bad luck for him as the ball hit the stumps after brushing his thigh pad. I don’t see any trouble in Gayle’s batting,” he said.
Regarding Mishra, Jadhav said batsmen know his variations as they have faced him for the last eight years of IPL.
“It is not like that we have not played him before. From last seven to eight years, he has been playing in IPL, so everyone knows what his variations are. So, we obviously looking forward to tackle him the way we know best.”