The 2017 TNPL champion believes it can stop Trichy.
The 35-year-old Vijay (81 off 56 balls) stamped his class in RTW’s first game against Karaikudi Kaalai but it lost in the Super Over. The right-handed opener stood tall while wickets fell at the other end with a late charge to force the game into a thrilling tie. CSG’s top-order batsman KH Gopinath is not worried about the Vijay threat and is confident its bowlers have the potential to keep the international star quiet. “Vijay’s innings was slow, in fact, his score was below run a ball before he went after the bowling in the last six overs. I think his intention of attacking after the 15th over might help us take the game away from him before he starts to attack. We have the bowling attack to stop him even in the death overs,” he said.
Gopinath went on to add bowling is the team’s strongest suit and if the batting holds up it will be a force to reckon with. “Apart from batting, our bowling and fielding setup is good. In fact, we have one of the best bowling attacks in this TNPL, so slight modification in our batting will get us better,” he added. Both CSG and RTW have yet to open their account and would be desperate to log their first points. CSG lost to Dindigul Dragons by 10 runs while RTW was edged out in the Super Over by Karaikudi.
For RTW, there were more positives than negatives from the first game, if young opener Aditya Barooah is to be believed. “It was just a matter of one ball, where both teams could’ve won or lost. Our coach (Ajay Kudua) was positive and he asked us to keep our heads high because we fought really well. There were no negative thoughts at all and from here we’re looking to gain momentum,” he said.
The 21-year-old opener, who is playing his first season in TNPL, warns that the team is not just about Murali Vijay. “Before coming into this tournament we played a few practice games in which Murali Vijay wasn’t there. We managed to win one and lost the other game by one run. So, I don’t think we are completely dependent on Vijay. Vijay obviously has this massive reputation and opposition is always under pressure as he can fire anytime. I believe, even in his absence we have the experience to handle ourselves and play well,” he said.