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We like to see Robin of old, says coach JAK

Bangalore, Dec 7, 2012, DHNS:

Robin Uthappa’s change in style of play at the top of the order is something that has worried Karnataka since the start of this season.

The Indian batsmen has toned down in an attempt to spend more time at the wicket but instead of benefitting him, the transformation has affected his run-scoring and changed the way the team has functioned.

“When Robin goes out there and plays fluently, the guys coming after him feel like the bowling is a lot easier. It’s all about the positive approach,” said Karnataka coach J Arun Kumar. “It’s a mindset thing. We have spoken to him and it looks like we will see the Robin of the old when he plays tomorrow.”

When asked if Karnataka are in the right frame of mind to get over their losses, the former first-class cricketer said: “We brought in a Behavioural Science Expert and that really helped us. We had a good chat and the boys opened up a lot.”

Delhi skipper Shikhar Dhawan was distraught with how his team has fared so far and said it is time for the former champs to liven up.

“The games are going to open up now. We are looking at an outright win and it’s a good chance to qualify with four games to go,” said the south paw following his team’s practice session on Friday.

The green top at the M Chinnaswamy will assist Karnataka’s pace-oriented bowling attack but Dhawan too was happy with what the pitch had in store for his bowlers.

“The nature of this wicket will help our pacers. We will certainly be looking to win. We’ve been doing alright so far but we are hoping to put on an improved show. We have good bowlers too,” said the batsman.


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