'We rely on Gayle to an extent'

Bangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad, on Monday, said his side depended on Chris Gayle to an extent, but still has the firepower to win matches even without the explosive West Indian batsman.

"The team depended on Gayle to a certain extent, but we still have fantastic firepower, which was very well reflected in captain Virat Kohli's innings against Hyderabad that came when the chips were down," Prasad told reporters.

Asked about Zaheer Khan and Ravi Rampaul's injury status, Prasad said: "Everybody is fit and ready for selection."

He informed that South African batsman AB De Villiers would join the team on Tuesday. The former India pacer is optimistic of local players Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul and Karun Nair coming in handy in the ongoing IPL.

"They all have had a good domestic season this year. Mayank also had done well for Bangalore last season," he said.

Prasad pointed out it was not necessary to have a standout fast bowler as "you only need to bowl in the right areas, bowl to your strengths and have to be adaptable."

"If you look at (Dale) Steyn, he too went for runs yesterday," he cited.

Talking about the positives from last two games, Prasad lauded his team for playing with a lot of spirit to defend modest totals.

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