‘We are stronger now’

Principal Correspondent

BANGALORE: Opener Robin Uthappa emphasised that Royal Challengers Bangalore was ready for the Champions League’s tough second phase commencing here on Thursday.

“In the Indian Premier League, we were in the same situation. We had to win every game and that brought out the best in us. We are hoping to do the same here,” Uthappa said here on Monday after Royal Challengers defeated Otago Volts by 80 runs.

Uthappa said the team emerged stronger after its loss to Cape Cobras in the opening game. “In the first game, J.P. Duminy’s innings changed the match. We were a little hurt by that defeat and we are a stronger team now.

“We have pulled it back now. Jacques Kallis also showed that he is a phenomenal player,” the opener said.

Uthappa added that as a batsman he was a “lot more relaxed and seeing the ball better and getting the basics right.”

Tough draw

Otago skipper Craig Cumming said his team failed to cope with the pressure of chasing a big total.

“Chasing close to 190 was always going to be tough. In the first few overs we lost wickets even while getting some runs. Then we struggled to get the momentum.

“It was a tough draw. We played to our potential but had to win one of those games to go through. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen.

“We have a lot of young players and there is a fair bit of experience as well. Hopefully, we can practise hard and get back here next year,” he added.