Jaipur: "I would like to play the semifinal at home, definitely." That was Rahul Dravid, captain of Rajasthan Royals, a resident of Bangalore but for whom 'home' has been the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur during the duration of the Indian Premier League from 2011 onwards.
Over the course of IPL VI, Rajasthan were an immovable object at home, and sometimes through Shane Watson's explosive skills, they were an unstoppable force too. A temporary derailment due to the spot-fixing scandal notwithstanding, they did well enough to finish third and gain direct entry into the Champions League Twenty20 2013.
In the aftermath of the scandal, the franchise became more tightly knit than ever been. "It brought the group closer, there's no doubt about it," said Dravid. "Even last season, there were a couple of tough days but after that, the way we came together as a group was really heartening. There was a real determination to not let what is a very special environment get spoiled just because of one or two incidents or people. We have a special environment, we want to maintain that. We faced some challenges, we'll learn from that."