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Updated: March 30, 2013 02:19 IST

'A pleasure and an honour to play in Big Bash and IPL'

K. C. Vijaya Kumar
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Daniel Christian. Photo: Bhagya Prakash. K
Daniel Christian. Photo: Bhagya Prakash. K

Daniel Christian shrugged aside his jet-lag and immediately got involved with practice at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Friday evening.

The Australian all-rounder, who is now part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad, bowled, batted and also did the intensive fielding drills devised by coach Ray Jennings.

In a chat with the media, Christian spoke about his initial steps with RCB.

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New team, fresh challenges

“I have admired watching the team (RCB) go about their work in the past two years (while) being at Deccan Chargers, so I was very pleased after the auction when I found out I was coming to RCB.

I will catch up with Ray Jennings and also (captain) Virat (Kohli) when he gets here. I will talk about how they want me to fit in.

More than likely it will be batting somewhere in the middle and offering some overs like I normally do for most of my other teams.”

Big Bash and IPL

“The popularity (of Big Bash) in Australia is massive, but obviously not like the IPL since you have got a lot more people in India than we do. They are both fantastic competitions and it's a pleasure and an honour to play in both.”

His strengths

“I suppose it’s just that little bit more experience of playing in the 20-30 games I end up playing each year. You tend to learn more and more as you continue to play.”

The Gayle factor

“Yeah, very much looking forward to playing with Chris. Having had to bowl to him a fair bit in the past (laughs), I am looking forward to not having to do that.”

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