Coach Ray Jennings
Coach Ray Jennings

Monday, March 29, 2010
4 wins out of 6 is a tremendous start
The entire squad and support staff of the Royal Challengers are enjoying a much needed break before our next away game in Chennai, as the few rest days have given players a chance to recharge their batteries, and put their feet up.

This year’s tournament is progressing well, and every player in the team is taking adequate responsibility in tough situations. We didn’t start off on a good note, with a sub standard performance and eventual defeat against Kolkata, but the side came back strongly to win the next four games on the trot, by demolishing every opponent.

I have many words of praise for Robin Uthappa’s splendid return to form, and it won’t be long before he dons the Indian colors again if he keeps batting like this. His quick fire half century in our first home game against Punjab silenced most of his critics, and his breathtaking 60 odd against Chennai turned the game on its head, as he landed a few lusty blows into the Chennai bowling attack’s solar plexus. Robin is an explosive hitter, and undoubtedly one of our key players for the remaining matches in the league stage.

The bowling unit is probably at their best, compared to the last two IPL seasons, with Praveen Kumar and R Vinay Kumar putting in some stand out performances. Praveen’s hatrick against Rajasthan is ample proof of his ability in twenty20 cricket, and when he gets it right, he is a hard man to get off the square. R Vinay Kumar on the other hand is one of the hardest working players in the team, always putting in the hard yards in training, and never running away from fitness sessions. Vinay has picked up wickets at regular intervals this year, and thoroughly deserves his call up to the Indian side for the twenty20 world cup.

Finally, one cannot ignore the massive influence that Jacques Kallis has on this team, with his remarkable consistency at the top of the order. Experience comes in handy, even in the shortest format of the game, and Kallis is currently showing the young boys how to bat in twenty20 cricket. He is the first name on the team sheet during meetings, and his efforts with bat and ball will make the Royal Challengers a difficult team to beat as we approach the business end of the tournament.

The loss against Delhi has reminded us that there is still plenty of work left to seal a semi final berth, but 4 wins out of 6 is something that I will happily take at this stage of the tournament.

Ray Jennings is the former coach of the South African national team and current head coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was talking to Dhruv Mullick.
Latest Comments:

Mr.Ray, have ‘yorker’ sessions with all the bowlers. our bowlers just dont bowl enough yorkers well. see how Malinga is so effective as a T20 bowler with his 90% perfect yorkers! y do medium pacers like vinay n PK on low indian pitches trying to bowl bouncers!!

Posted by HOLMES on 04/05  at  05:10 AM

Would like to ask Jennings, He said “By the time i came in as a coach, everyone said dravid is a Test player, but there is no need to be shocked even dravid ends his career as a T20 great.”
Did Jennings forgot to add Rahul Dravid is a great T20 player in dug out or did he say this to get fan following for RCB. Double standards.!!!!!!

Posted by SanRDian on 04/04  at  04:50 PM

Ray Jennings has completely decided to sideline Rahul Dravid, as we all know that Rahul Dravid is the highest run getter in previous IPLs and being a SAFians would prefer Kallis over RD. No doubt Kallis is great player and grabed the oppurtunties with both hands. Kallis Rocks!!!!
Sad to see palyer of RDs calliber is sideline and the Indian’s(RCB mgmt and Captain) are going with Jennings way ignore RD.

Posted by SanRDian on 04/04  at  04:49 PM

i just have to say 2 things
1.the batting order has clicked very well so dont make a blunder by changing it for ross taylor(though im 1 of his biggest fan!)
2.we need another pace bowler to partner steyn n tht is mithun(3 medium pacers make our bowling attack vry similar n is easy to adjust for batsmen)
rcb rocks!!!

Posted by ymahesh on 04/03  at  10:12 AM

the only problem is 4 wins out of 6 is not enough!

Posted by niyathi on 04/02  at  09:15 AM

My suggestion is please utilise first 6 overs as much as possible the main basement for chasing or setting a target depends on those crucial overs whereas RCB struggling to do that.Due to slow start of kallis Manish is under pressure for going some rash shots and getting out.And try to resist robin early on because he has ability to clear boundaries but he is getting out cheaply trying to hit every ball out of the park in early overs.

Posted by NSSK on 04/01  at  12:57 PM

luv u RCB!!!...........

Posted by pooven on 04/01  at  01:41 AM

Hey Guys….Boucher is very much needed in d team….he is a superrbb wicket keeper as well as a gud batsmen during d death overs….don’t forget his batting in IPL 1 and IPL 2. He has won RCB many matches….Jennings Jumbo….RCB needs Boucher in all matches…

Posted by Punni on 03/31  at  05:36 PM

i completely disagree with coach that it is a tremendous start look at mumbai they have won 5 out of 6 .kallis is very slow look at sachin how quickly he scores truly sachin is a legend

Posted by Azhar-Ahmed1 on 03/31  at  12:12 AM

if at all robbie starts keeping wkts it would affect his batting as it did in the last season!!!!! my 4 foriegn players would be kallis,KP,white,boucher!!! bring in a spinner or an allrounder like akhil instead of steyn!!!!!

Posted by fearlessfighters on 03/30  at  10:45 PM

I Agree with others that its difficult to keep when Steyn is bowling and Boucher is the best man.. But we dont have any Part time Spinning Options which can be provided By KP and White. I’m Sure as we are coming to the Business end of the tournament the pitches will get slower and slower So with Four Fast Bowling Options and three Spinning Options we can perform well:-) Hope j2 (Jumbo and Jennings) think the same:-)

Posted by AkkitheHardCoreRCBfan on 03/30  at  05:04 AM

Quite agree with AkkitheHardCoreRCBfan. replace Morgan n Boucher with KP n White for the match against CSK. Uthappa will be the keeper. the lineup looks awesome then! n dont change this combination for atleast 2 matches. I think White will be very handy with the ball! If KP or White fail both times, replace one of them with Taylor, who wud hav arrived by then. But Kallis n Steyn for every match! Steyn really gives the bowling that extra edge with his pace. Its a good strategy to get Dravid in if Kallis gets out early. one player should play the anchor role to set the stage for our big hitters at the end. What a team this looks on paper!! N i m sure it will perform on the field too!

Posted by HOLMES on 03/30  at  04:33 AM

We have to ask Dravid Or Uthappa to keep the Wickets. With KP and White will get two Spin Bowling Options to Apart from their Batting Skills…. This would be the Best Ever Batting Lineup in the history of IPL.. with Full of Class!!!!! Still Ross the Boss Adopted Son of Bengaluru is missing!!!!
The Team should be like this
1) Kallis
2) Manish
3) Uthappa
4) KP
5) White
6) Dravid
7) Kohli
8) P Kumar
9) V Kumar
10)D Steyn
11) A kumble

Posted by AkkitheHardCoreRCBfan on 03/30  at  01:54 AM

hi coach my suggestion to u and anil is to include cameron white,ross taylor and drop boucher ,morgan
and make utthappa/dravid to keep wickets so that we get deep batting line up because while chasing 200+ totals we need power strikers at the bottom

Posted by kannadarc on 03/29  at  11:57 PM

Kudos to RCB for the way they have played till now,hopefully they should be able to carry on the good work in the remaining matches.But the continual benching of 1 of the best T20 players in the world,Cameron White,is baffling.Perhaps RCB has not noticed that he has been elevated as the vice-captian of the Aus T20 team..and the Oz do not hand out such posts as a lark..

Posted by phanindra-acharla on 03/29  at  11:46 PM

It is a tremendous start and like you said, it won’t be long before we see Robin wearing blue again. 
Kumble and Kallis are just amazing!  wink  Who said T20 is for youngsters?

Posted by Poshin on 03/29  at  11:21 PM

You have mentioned everyone except Dale Steyn.
He has started bowling like the #1 bowler this season, and we can see that helping all through.
Steyn helps in a big way by containing the runs and frustrating the batsmen.
If you look at the statistics, most of the wickets were taken after an over by Steyn.  Steyn has been plain unlucky that he is not getting wickets however, i dont think we should neglect the impact he has made.

Steyn together with Kallis, Vinay Kumar and Praveen kumar and Jumbo have made the RCB bowling attack a force to reckon.

Hopefully the bengaluru boys will keep the momentum
Go RCB Go.

Posted by BengluruHudaga on 03/29  at  11:03 PM

still a long way 2 go… Keep goin RCB..!! we luv u smile

Posted by VijayMallyaBoys on 03/29  at  10:59 PM

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