One of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s latest recruits, Dan Christian, remains highly optimistic of the franchise’s chances this year. Dan Christian fetched a whopping INR 4.8 crores in the 2021 IPL auction as the Royal Challengers Bangalore shelled out massive amounts on players like Glenn Maxwell and Kyle Jamieson too. The Australian all-rounder conceded that the three-time finalists are due on winning one and this could most likely be the year.
Daniel Christian was part of the Sydney Sixers squad that defended its title successfully in the 2020-21 Big Bash League. He featured in 16 matches, scoring 272 runs at 34, keeping a strike rate of 182.55. The 37-year old also took 15 wickets at 26.53. Christian had come awfully close in 2017 to be part of the title-winning squad as he could not hit a boundary for the Rising Pune Supergiants in the final against Mumbai Indians. He hopes to go one step further than that.
Dan Christian stays confident that the Royal Challengers Bangalore can win the IPL this year and hopes to play a significant part in it. The New South Wales-born cricketer is excited to bat with Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, and Glenn Maxwell, who he claimed is a good friend as they have played quite a lot together. The seam-bowling all-rounder stated that the prospect of sharing the dressing room with some of the stalwarts is mouth-watering and he looks forward to the same.
“We’re going to win it this year; as a team, we are probably due to winning one, and hopefully, I can help to get over the line. It will be brilliant to bat with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers on the other end, throw Glenn Maxwell in there as well, a good mate of mine from home in Australia; we have played good cricket together. To be playing or just be sharing the dressing room with those guys will be fantastic, and I’m really looking forward to it, and hopefully, we go really well as a team,” Christian said during an Instagram Live session.
Dan Christian talks about his preparations for IPL 2021:
Dan Christian stated that as an all-rounder, one has to practice everything as he has been working on his starts, focussing on strike rotation by knocking the ball around. Christian has also trained himself on death-overs hitting against both the pacers and spinners. As for bowling, the all-rounder is constantly practising hitting that good length as often alongside deploying the different variations and practising yorkers.
“As an all-rounder, you’ve got to practice everything, worked a lot on my starts and my innings, knocking balls all around and making sure I’m getting off-strike when I’m starting. Also, practised a bit of my death hitting both the fast bowlers and also hitting some spinners as well. From my bowling perspective, I’m trying to hit that good length as often as I possibly can and then use my different variations, and obviously practising my yorkers as well,” he added.