Rajasthan Royals (RR) off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham believes Ajinkya Rahane’s calm personality and Shane Warne’s aggression is the perfect recipe for the Royals in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).
Meanwhile, Rajasthan will play their third game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) later on Sunday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Moreover, the Royals had a mixed start to this edition with one win from two games. They lost their opening fixture against the Sunrisers Hyderabad away from home.
However, now the focus will be on how Shane Warne, the mentor, and skipper Ajinkya Rahane team up to counter Bangalore. Previously, Warne led and coached this side to victory in the inaugural edition in 2008.
The spin legend will now team up with skipper Ajinkya Rahane to deliver the results. Karnataka spinner, Gowtham, is confident their team will click under them.
“There is a saying opposites always attract. Basically, they are two different personalities. Shane Warne is a very aggressive kind of person, and Jinks is someone who is always steady. He enjoys his thing, likes to take it as it comes. That is the combination, beauty of this team,” Gowtham said on the eve of the Bangalore tie.
“We have all the ingredients. One is an aggressor, and the other a person who can sail the ship throughout. It’s been a good mix, a good thing. Warne is a legend; he was the guy who started it all for RR as captain and coach,” he added.
Royals will have their task cut out in a game where spinners will play a role, especially for the 8 pm start. Gowtham admitted they have watched RCB’s win over KXIP and had their tactics in place.
“We did get to watch the game, wanted to see what the wicket was doing. We did see when the spinners were bowling there was a little bit of grip. It’s an added advantage,” he concluded.