Saturday, March 27, 2010

Rajasthan Royals win the match Royally

Jaipur captain Shane Warne believes their win over Hyderabad would serve as a warning to the rest of fray in the Indian Premier League.
This was their third straight win and leaves them on course for a semi-final berth, a remarkable turnaround following three consecutive defeats at the start of the tournament.

"Part of the turnaround is about preparation and planning, but a lot of it is about executing those plans," Warne said.
"We have a good buzz in our squad at the moment, we executed our plans really well and everyone contributed.

"It was a good result and an emphatic win and I think it sends the message to the rest of the IPL that Jaipur are playing good cricket and we are here to stay."

Warne paid rich tribute to the way his players have performed.

"You just cannot create team spirit and you cannot force it on the team. It has got to come from within," Warne said.

"We appointed Yusuf the vice-captain this morning and we also have a leadership role for Munaf Patel, the other senior player in Indian cricket in the team.

"We have lots of good chats and honest talks and I thought all the guys have responded beautifully.

"We have started to play good cricket and everyone has played their role. I am very proud of the guys today."

Warne revealed part of the plan was to be strong in their home games.

"We have only lost one game in two IPL seasons at home and we would like that record to stay.

"We'd like the opposition to feel uncomfortable when they come in because this is our fortress."

Hyderabad skipper Adam Gilchrist admitted his team had performed poorly.

"We were pumped and to be honest we were outplayed in pretty much everything we did," he said.

"We were pretty soft in some areas and allowed them to dominate which, to their credit, they did.

"We have a few games coming in a row now so the good thing is we can put it behind us and move on pretty quickly and get into the next challenge.

"We have things to think about definitely after this game, but we have also done pretty well as a side until this game.

"We would have to see what we can improve on which after tonight's performance seems to be quite a bit. But it is something we will work on."

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