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Learning a lot from Mitchell Starc, says Sreenath Aravind

Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Sreenath Aravind, who scalped four key wickets in the game against Kings XI Punjab last night, credited his fast bowling compatriot Mitchell Starc for his good showing.

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News 07 May 2015, 15:28 IST
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Sreenath Aravind was playing his first IPL match since 2012

Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Sreenath Aravind, who scalped four key wickets in the game against Kings XI Punjab last night, credited his fast bowling compatriot Mitchell Starc for his good showing in his first game this season.

"It was interesting working with him (Starc). He is a great Australian bowler. He taught me to hit the deck hard and make use of the seam. You know yorkers are his main weapon, so learnt from him," Aravind said.

Aravind (4/27) and Starc (4/15) helped RCB bowl KXIP out for the lowest total of the season (88), after a sensational innings of 117 off 57 balls from Chris Gayle that powered RCB to a total of 227.

The left-armer said he was happy with his performance and was waiting to get an opportunity to prove his mettle since a long time.

"Yeah, it has been a wonderful performance. From past two years, I have been waiting in the wings and working hard on my bowling. Today I grabbed the opportunity with both hands," he added.

The Bangalorean went on to say that the injury which kept him out for a long time helped him to come back stronger: "The injury made me stronger and stronger. I worked hard on my injury and my bowling as well. I also thank support staff Muthu Kumar and Shravan."

Aravind was picked up by RCB as a replacement for Adam Milne after the New Zealand fast bowler was ruled out of the tournament due to injury.

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