Royal Challengers Bangalore wicket-keeper Srikar Bharat said that he was happy to provide a stable base as a number three batsman, for finishers like Glenn Maxwell besides saying Yuzvendra Chahal keeps the keeper interested. As No 3, his job is to provide a good base for finishers like AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell. KS Bharat and Glenn Maxwell added 69 runs for the third wicket in RCB’s win over RR.
Royal Challengers Batsman Srikar Bharat Sorted RCB’s Problems At No. 3
With knocks of 32 and 44 against MI and Rajasthan Royals, Srikar Bharat has sorted RCB’s problems with their one-drop batter in the current edition.
“So, number three is always a beautiful spot to play. It asks a lot of questions if you are not ready for it. And we at RCB, we have always focussed on keeping the strike going and get busy right from ball one,” Bharat said at the post-match press conference.
“…and the little things of running and calling well and rotating the strike, all these little pointers, it plays a huge role in building up a partnership,” the Andhra keeper-batsman said.
For him, providing a platform for Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers to have a final assault is the main thing.
“The number three is someone who keeps the scoreboard ticking at 8 or 9 per over, then you will have a good base (and) for people like Maxi (Maxwell) and AB coming in after 12th over. If you have the wickets in hand, then you can go all out towards the end of the innings. So, the message is clear saying I should get a partnership going and we are sticking to it,” he explained.
Just like any youngster would say, Srikar Bharat was no different when asked the staple question about what he has learned from the likes of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
“If you play with Virat bhai (Virat Kohli), AB (De Villiers) and (Glenn) Maxwell, you tend to learn a lot of good things in terms of cricket and as well as how to handle yourself on and off the field,” Bharat said at the post-match press conference.
Glenn Maxwell and Srikar Bharat struck 50 and 44 respectively as RCB won the match by seven wickets and 17 balls to spare chasing 150 while Yuzvendra Chahal (2/18) and Harshal Patel (3/34) did the damage with the ball to RR in the first innings.
KS Bharat Discussed Tactical Things With Glenn Maxwell
KS Bharat and Glenn Maxwell, one of the sought-after T20 players, shared a crucial stand that helped RCB and the stumper said that the communication between the two was all tactical.
“And coming back to this innings, me and Maxi (Maxwell), we were having the conversation of what are the areas we could access and what are the boundary options…….how many overs one particular bowler is going to bowl, what are his lengths, so it’s all purely tactical things what we were discussing out in the centre and it came out well,” he noted.
On his 44-run knock, he said, “It is obviously a good feeling winning this game and coming back to it and contributing going out in the centre. Chahal is a very good bowler, he varies his pace exceptionally well. You have to be right in the game at every point, you cannot fade off even at the moment. I was trying to keep myself in the game as a wicketkeeper and you know, to read him from his hands. You have to be in the game, Chahal keeps the keeper interested always,” Bharat added.
With this win, RCB consolidated its position at the third spot with 14 points from 11 games. RCB’s new wicket-keeper batsman Srikar Bharat has finally arrived at the scene. He slammed a 35-ball 44 against Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday. His innings comprised a couple of sixes and an equal number of fours.
He shared a 69 runs partnership with Glenn Maxwell to take the game away from RR. His innings come after crucial 32 runs knock in the previous match against Mumbai Indians.