The Airtel Champions League has been a wonderful platform for a lot of cricketers but with no Indian teams in contention for the title, the tournament has not gone down well with the Indian masses.
So has the Champions League been good? If you asked the cricketers, they would say yes pretty resoundingly; especially those from overseas for whom this is a great, and lucrative, stage. Also the idea of franchise-driven teams is refreshing because it allows more players a shot on the big stage. If, eventually, the game has to grow, I think it needs to follow the football model for part of the way and from that point of view the Champions League makes a lot of sense.
But the top four teams were eminently watchable; they showed enthusiasm which was fantastic to watch and reminded us of the value of homogeneous, well-bonded teams.
The surprise package of the league was TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, they have really played some exciting and watchable cricket with powerful hitting by Pollard, Darren Ganga and co......................
For us-RCB; It was a mixed bag in this Champions League T20, though there was no strategic error from the team management. I thought we lacked little bit of consistency though we played smart cricket.
We started with a loss against the Cape Cobras in the opening match;unable to defend the match winning score of 180 runs by displaying some sloppy fielding and lost couple of run out chances as well, but we bounced back with a bang by displaying some quality cricket against Otago Volts; won by a solid margin of 80 runs and outsmarted Delhi
DareDevils; won by 8 wickets.
However the TURNING POINT of the tournament for us was the loss against Victorian Bushrangers which proved very costly and sealed the fate of our chances to advance to semi-finals. Our batsmen failed to negotiate the quality bowling from Peter Siddle and Mc Donald of Victorian Bushrangers and much to the disappointment we missed out the in form Jacques Kallis for this crucial match against Bushrangers.
Our bowling department needs little bit of improvement and adjustment to the T20 environment, not a major issue though.
The positives from this tourney was that our upcoming players like Manish Pandey, Balachandra Akhil, Bhuvanesh Kumar..... got good exposure on a bigger stage against much superior first class players from Australia, South Africa etc; hopefully they will perform even better in the forthcoming T20 matches......................................
For me-The stars of the tournament are Jacques Kallis, Ross Taylor, Robin Uthappa, Praveen Kumar and Roelof Van Der Merwe and as usual we cannot discount the contributions from the captain-Jumbo and Jammy, who showed real class, maturity and experience. Finally, T20 is kind of game not even overs only few balls can change the entire complexion of the game, so naturally luck is one of the major factors and we expect better luck next time.
Best of Luck RCB......................
LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST I NEED TO ADMIT THAT ALL OUR FANATIC FANS HAVE DONE GREAT JOB PARTICULARLY SID/PRASANTH AND SIVAN BY UPDATING ON ALL THE LATEST HAPPENINGS OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WITH SOME KNOWLEDGEABLE INFORMATION AND OF COURSE PHOTOS FROM SIVAN ARE WORLD CLASS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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