Daniel Vettori, coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore has admitted that his side will miss the services of Australian pacer Mitchell Starc for the upcoming edition of the IPL. Starc was the leading wicket taker for the Royal Challengers in the previous edition and his absence will be definitely felt by the side.
“Everyone’s seen how Mitch (Starc) has bowled in the last couple of years, T20s and his death bowling,” said Vettori. “That’s something we’re going to miss. It’s difficult bowling at the Chinnaswamy and so whenever we had him in the team we knew we had those four overs up our sleeve. That’s a loss but it’s an opportunity for the likes of Adam Milne and Kane Richardson to step up and fill in that slot,” said the former New Zealand captain.
Vettori though was extremely satisfied with the presence of all-rounders in the Royal Challengers outfit. This year, they signed Shane Watson, the world’s number one T20I all rounder. Watson could open the batting along with Chris Gayle and could slip in a few overs as well. Along with Watson, the Bangalore outfit also signed local boy Stuart Binny, who has a decent record in the IPL.
“To have those guys that have the ability to bat in the top order and bowl four overs is a real luxury. You look at the teams that have been successful in the IPL so far — Chennai Super Kings with the likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina and Dwayne Bravo and Kolkata Knight Riders as well have had them with Shakib Al Hasan. So we’re banking on the fact that we have six or seven bowling options. As everyone knows, the Chinnaswamy is a tough place to bowl at so to give ourselves those options is very important,” said Vettori.
Another significant addition to the side has been that of Samuel Badree, who was instrumental in West Indies’ win in the recently concluded World T20. Badree has been a world class bowler and can be a handy package with the new ball as well.
“We knew the quality he brings and his record is fantastic,” said Vettori. “We’re just hoping he recovers from his shoulder injury and gets back to the team as soon as possible. He’s in the air, back to Trinidad. That was always the plan. He’ll see a specialist there and hopefully we’ll get some feedback soon.”