Coach Ray Jennings
Coach Ray Jennings

Thursday, October 22, 2009
Convincing win over Delhi cannot hide disappointment
There was a great deal of anticipation and excitement before our final match against the Delhi Daredevils, with a slim chance of a semi-final berth up for grabs. It was pretty clear to all of us that Victoria needed to beat the Cape Cobras to hand us a lifeline, but that was sadly not the case. I honestly believe that Victoria did extremely well to put up 125 in their 17 over innings, considering the fact that they had such a poor start losing 2 wickets in the first over. The Cobras have been batting well throughout the Champions League, and hardly broke a sweat in chasing down 125, to kill any hope of RCB getting into the last four.
As we went into the game against Delhi it was evident that there was no chance of us making it to the next round, but the entire squad was desperate to put in a big performance for the 40000 fans that had turned up at the KSCA. Delhi got off to a blistering start with Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir sending our bowlers on a leather hunt, and at one stage it looked like the Daredevils would put up a huge total. However, the tenacity of the RCB bowlers came to the fore, and Delhi lost their way in the latter part of their innings, losing wickets at regular intervals.
Dale Steyn had a good day with the ball, and I was thrilled so see him hit the right straps, and bowl with genuine pace. In addition, Roelof van der Merwe once again proved his worth as a frontline spinner, with a stifling spell that kept Delhi’s big hitters quiet.
It was a tremendous effort by our boys to keep Delhi under 140, and what followed was a dominating reply from the RCB batters, who made mincemeat of the target. Ross Taylor came up with another gem, and while he was at the crease the Delhi bowlers were all at sea. Ross is currently in his prime as an international cricketer, and his recent performances for RCB have made him one of our most potent batsman.
The convincing win over Delhi has still not covered up the disappointments of not making the semi-finals, and the boys are aware that our defeat to Victoria has cost us dear. It’s important that we learn from a few of our shortcomings in this tournament, and look towards the next IPL season which is not too far away.

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

Latest Comments:

coach .. Ross Taylor will not be available for IPL 3 for atleast first 7 matches . since AUS r touring NZ for their bilateral series . dont u think its a blow for RCB !!! i know KP will be comming back i think but Ross is Ross raspberry ....  i wish Ross and all the RCB guys to do well for their respective countries then rejoin RCB and have a blasts of wins !!!!!! RCB rocks smilesmile

Posted by mdk on 10/23  at  06:49 AM

We should start practicing from January with the players available.. Would love to see RCB in action well before the tournament begins. Consider having some practice games planned well before the tournament with local KPL teams smile

Posted by KunJan on 10/22  at  07:44 PM

copy that coach lets prepare for IPL 3 and prove our worth

Posted by abhishek-srivastava on 10/22  at  10:26 AM

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