We started focussing on the team day before yesterday and then
It was like bereavement
Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid says dealing with the turmoil caused by the canada goose coats uk spot fixing scandal, which has left his team's reputation in tatters, has turned out to be as tough as handling "bereavement in some ways".
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Rajasthan Royals secured a four wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in a thrilling low scoring 'Eliminator' to book their place in the second Qualifier where they will be meeting the mighty Mumbai Indians in Kolkata.
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"You feel real sadness, disappointment and anger. There are so many emotions. We had a day (after the Mumbai Indians match) and the next day, we were playing Sunrisers in Hyderabad and everyone was in a daze. It was a difficult week for all of us," he said.
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"A lot of emotions were shared. In some ways, it was amazing for me to see the way they came out and expressed their feelings. There was range of emotions that we had experienced over the last few days," he said.
The former India skipper thanked Royals coach Paddy Upton and the support staff for reuniting the group just ahead of the crucial play off stage.
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Throwing more light on Upton's role in shaping up the team, Dravid said he had always wanted to work with the Indian team's former mental conditioning coach on a "one on one" basis.
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"We have a very small support staff, Zubin Barucha and Monty Desai (Royals coach for the last two IPL seasons), just three of them. They are our unsung heroes and add so much value to the side. We don't believe in having bowling coaches and fielding coaches. These people have done a fantastic job for us," he added.
Dravid said the win against Sunrisers Hyderabad was important for the team after what had happened over a last couple of days.
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The 40 year old also lavished praise on T20 specialist Brad Hodge for the way he anchored Rajasthan's victory over Sunrisers with his brilliant unbeaten 29 ball 54.
"We needed something special, I think we were dead and buried. We needed something absolutely special and Brad Hodge provided that. I think it was one of the finest T20 innings in a low scoring game chasing the target I have ever seen. We needed something special and Hodge's innings was special," he said.
buy canada goose jacket cheap On fielding an all pace attack for the match despite knowing the slow nature of the surface here, Dravid said, "I would make a joke if I tell you the truth. We were short of spinners for various reasons. We had Praveen Tambe injured as well; in fact we did not have anybody to choose from." buy canada goose jacket cheap
"It was not an ideal combination for this track but the game shows our resilience. We knew an ideal scenario should have been playing a spinner but with injury to Praveen, we did not have that option also. I think the bowlers did a really good job to restrict them to 133. They were a dangerous team and our team did a good job," he said.
Asked about their next match against the formidable canada goose parka outlet uk Mumbai Indians, Dravid said, "Mumbai are never easy, they are a very good side. There are all stars. There's nothing to lose, go out there, have some fun and see what happens."
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Dravid, who was popularly hailed as the "The Wall of Indian Cricket" said he will decide on his future as a cricketer after the IPL gets over. Rajasthan along with CSK and Mumbai Indians have qualified for the Champions League with Wednesday's win.