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Ryan: Have to keep it simple

Calcutta: Among the Associates, Ryan ten Doeschate has certainly been one of the most talented batsmen. His exhilarating 119 against England at the 2011 World Cup had almost gone on to win Netherlands the game till they lost out on experience.

Winning the ICC Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year Award thrice — in 2008, 2010 and 2011 — was no mean feat and had only reflected Ryan’s capabilities to make it large at the big stage.

Impressive performance at the previous World Cup helped him earn a lucrative contract in the IPL, when the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) roped him in at the 2011 auction.

It’s not that Ryan has been a standout performer for the franchise, but his figures aren’t disappointing either. Out of 13 matches he has played so far over the last three editions of IPL, the all-rounder has 213 runs, averaging 30.42 at a strike rate of 135.66.

Opportunities, so far, have been limited for Ryan as the Knight Riders comprise overseas cricketers in Jacques Kallis, Sunil Narine, Shakib-Al Hasan and the like, all of whom are far more established names.

All said and done, Ryan’s all-round abilities could come in handy anytime for the Knights during the course of IPL VII.

For his part, Ryan feels it’s important to work on the skills to be prepared for the tough battles ahead when the IPL begins from April 16.

The Knight Riders take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in the opener.

“The guys have just arrived. So, presently, we are just working to get the stiffness out of our legs. Besides, it’s also important to keep working on our skills.

“It will be a tough tournament. So, we do need to gear up and keep ourselves ready for the first game next week. We have it keep it simple,” the 33-year-old said in a video diary.