Change of pace did the trick for me: Fernando

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Bangalore, May 28 (UNI) Sri Lankan medium fast bowler Dilhara Fernando who emerged as the Man of the Match for his four for 18 against Royal Challengers in today's DLF-IPL match said change of pace while bowling could be really rewarding and his success was mainly due to this.

Speaking at the post-match press conference he said,'' I have learnt a lot from bowling in the IPL. Sharing the dressing room with the lines of Sachin Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasurya and Shaun Pollock had been a memorable experience.'' Mumbai Indians coach Lalchand Rajput, who accompanied Fernando, said the inaugural IPL had provided a good platform for young Indian players to show their talent.

Sharing the dressing room with seniors should have been exciting experience for them and this will help them become fine cricketers, he said.

Bangalore Royal Challengers skipper Rahul Dravid opined that playing the league twice in a year could be difficult. "I feel playing it in two different times will be difficult. The inaugural tournament has been a big success despite it being designed in such a short span of time. IPL is here to stay," he said.

He hoped that there would be better grounds and arrangements for the players in the coming editions and this could help it become a bigger success in the coming years.

About his team's performance, he said it had been a learning experience to seniors and juniors alike. "You need a special set of skills to play in T20. We are very happy at the crowds in Bangalore and other centers as well. They had been very enthusiastic and supportive for both home and visiting teams," he added.


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