Ever since Daniel Vettori made his Test debut against England in 1997, he has come across as a cricketer with a cool and clear perspective.
Are you happy with the balance of the side?
No disrespect to past RCB teams because we’ve had some very successful ones, but we feel we are more balanced than we have ever been and that is mainly down to the amount of Indian fast bowlers and all-rounders that we have. To have that at our disposal makes selection hard, but it makes it easy as well. We have good options, a lot of guys in form and a lot of guys playing at a high level. Fairly content with the team we have got, but we have to judge ourselves at the end of the season, not the start of the season.
How has your role changed with RCB over the years?
In the past, we relied on a few people doing a lot of work. That was one of the things that came out at the end of last season that maybe the coaching staff is a bit stretched and we wanted to specialise. With Andrew McDonald and Ashish Nehra around the bowling [department], and Gary (Kirsten) complementing Trent (Woodhill), hopefully we’ve got four coaches who can embellish the strength of our players, plus I will work [with] the spinners.
A title continues to elude RCB…
You set your goals around making the semifinals, anything can happen once you get there. It will be silly for us to sit here and say we are on target for the title because there are seven other teams who are all thinking exactly the same way. All we can do is select the best side and prepare them as best as possible. When you look at our team on paper, it is a very good team and we have to take it from there. If I could answer that question, we would have won a title, but I can’t answer that question. It is a good team here that can hopefully get us to the semis, whatever happens from there… happens.