Despite lying in a lowly sixth position in the points table with only two wins in the first eight matches,Rising Pune Supergiants’ all-rounder Rajat Bhatia says it’s still too early to write off his team. The team is plagued with injuries but Bhatia believes that the replacement players will lend much-needed stability to the side.
RPS are gearing up to play their next match against “high flying” Delhi Daredevils who have a chance to claim the top spot in the table. After loosing the first game badly, Delhi made a remarkable turnaround in the tournament and are sitting in the third position in the table.
RPS will have to play their best cricket if they want to keep their play-off hopes alive and Bhatia has said that they can still stage a comeback.

“You never know. Some teams who are winning might lose and teams that are losing may win. You can’t judge any team at this stage of the tournament. In T20 cricket, it can change any time. It’s all about momentum,” Bhatia said.

“We now have Usman Khawaja and George Bailey in the side, coming in as replacements. Hope it (combination) works now.”

Speaking of the injuries, he said that there is nothing much a side can do about it and though the injuries are unfortunate but it will give other players a chance to showcase their talent.

“Injuries are unavoidable. We can only do our best. It’s a big squad and everybody gets an opportunity. Let’s hope for the best,” he said.

Asked if the team’s strategy would be moulded according to the new players coming in, Bhatia said it won’t make much of a difference.

“There is no strategy. When you win people say, the strategy has worked. But it is about momentum.”

Talking about his captain MS Dhoni, he said that he is learning to stay calm in a tough situation from MS Dhoni.

“Nobody knows what is going on in his mind. His thinking is completely different. He is unbelievable. Even when you are expecting that he will be angry, he does not get angry. That’s what I am learning from him. How to stay calm.”

Bhatia has played a lot of cricket at Feroz Shah Kotla playing for Delhi in Ranji Trophy and is well acquainted with the conditions. When asked about it, he said that he will share his experience with the players 

“You can just share your views, which I am going to do. Wickets and associations keep changing in Delhi,” Bhatia said sarcastically.

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