Taylor looks to strengthen team

Ross Taylor has been the most popular import in Bangalore, and it’s not difficult to see why.
 The disarming young man is a mighty striker of the cricket ball and thus a great entertainer, and fancies his chances of playing his first game this season for the Royal Challengers against the Delhi Daredevils on Sunday.

“The team has been playing good cricket,” Taylor said on Saturday. “Hopefully, I can add something to the team and hopefully, I can add something tomorrow. We’ve got some exciting players and a few players that are coming into form. Hopefully, the likes of Kohli and Pietersen can continue the form and the form that Robin Uthappa showed yesterday continues too.”

Taylor is just coming off a two-Test series against Australia which the latter won 2-0. What adjustments does one need to make going from the five-day format to the T20 version? “Twenty20 is all about expressing yourself and having fun,” he replied. “Australia gave us a good lesson on how to play Test cricket. I am trying to forget about that Australian series, we were completely outplayed.

“Any century against Australia is good but I had a bit of luck along the way,” Taylor said of his blistering ton in the first innings of the second Test. “80 balls is probably not the normal way to get a Test hundred, but I guess it was a good lead-up into the IPL!”

Refltcing on the Daredevils, he went on, “With Gambhir coming back into their line-up and Daniel Vettori added on, they are a good side. The wicket here is slow and the way Daniel has been bowling, a slow bowler on that wicket will be really hard. But we are happy with the way our team is travelling and we have got a little bit of momentum after we played Punjab yesterday. We probably need to win two or three games to guarantee a semifinal slot, so that’s our main focus leading into tomorrow.”

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