Boucher has a few goals

Boucher has a few goals

“There is always pressure as an international player, which is a good thing,” the Royal Challengers stumper said ahead of his team’s Champions League clash against the Delhi Daredevils. “It keeps you on your toes. I am working hard and enjoying the game. There are one or two things I would like to change in T20 cricket in my game. I will get back home and discuss it with my coach. There still are a few goals I would like to achieve.”

Boucher admitted that after their loss to Victoria Bushrangers, the Challengers had their task cut out. “Yesterday wasn’t our best performance,” he agreed. “I am not sure what the technicalities for RCB to stay in the tournament are. Even if we are out of the competition, we want to go out on a winning note.”

Jacques Kallis, Boucher revealed, would play only if he was a hundred percent fit. “Hopefully he can play, but it’s up to him,” said Boucher. “A big series is coming up next, with England touring South Africa, so I don’t know if he will risk himself unless he is fully fit. He is probably the best all-rounder in the world. He showed that against Otago Volts, where he contributed with both bat and ball. Losing him yesterday was a big blow.”

Daredevils coach David Saker acknowledged that the Challengers would have an edge because they were playing at home, but sought inspiration from past performances. “It’s probably a do-or-die game for both teams,” he said. “In the two IPLs, we have had some good form against them, so we are confident we can pull off a win.

“Seeing yesterday's  match, it seems the track will will favour the seamers if they drop their pace a little bit. Probably it suits our attack a little bit. Royal Challengers will have a slight advantage, having played on it. But we are confident we can adapt very quickly and play well.”

Glenn McGrath was outstanding in his first match for the Daredevils in 16 months against Wayamba Elevens last Sunday. “It was a great return to Delhi, it was fantastic for him,” said Aussie Saker. “It looked like he had taken his first Test wicket last week! It has been quite a while since he has played. We are looking forward to playing him on the morrow, I hope the wicket suits his type of bowling.”