Coach Ray Jennings
Coach Ray Jennings

Monday, June 14, 2010
Disappointed to miss out on Winner’s title, but happy to retain Champions League qualification
It’s been a couple of months since the conclusion of IPL 2010, and the dust has finally settled on a tumultuous season, with lots happening on and off the field. As I look back on RCB’s campaign in IPL 3, the disappointment of not lifting the trophy remains, as we had the personnel to go all the way this time.

RCB have come of age as a team, and the performances of every player in season 3, was with a collective aim to achieve a common goal. Our bowlers were relentless in their line and length, constantly keeping the pressure on from both ends, and our batsmen never threw their wickets away till the job was done.

We started off well this year, with four consecutive wins early on, however, some inconsistent cricket towards the business end of the competition cost us dear, and everyone in our side knew that we should have moved into the semi finals in a far more safer manner, rather that coming in with 7 wins and 7 losses in the league matches.

Our semi final match against the dominant Mumbai Indians didn’t go to plan, and I still believe that we had the batting unit to chase down any score, and a target of 180 odd should have been well within our reach. Sadly, it just wasn’t our day and everyone at RCB had to swallow the bitter pill of defeat, and not making a second consecutive IPL final.

There were undoubtedly more positives than negatives this year, and it was heartening to see the young Indian players perform with gust and zeal in tight situations. Robin Uthappa’s scintillating knocks against Chennai at home and against Mohali away, Praveen Kumar’s 3 in 3 against Rajasthan, and Vinay Kumar getting the better of Sachin Tendulkar at the CCI, were some of my moments of the tournament.

Robin Uthappa’s return to form, after struggling for an entire year before IPL 3, was extremely pleasing for me as coach, as there is no greater feeling when a player repays the faith that you have in him, even when all and sundry are asking for the players head. Robin has buried all the ghosts of his treacherous IPL 2009 tournament, and a return to India colors will be on the cards if he continues to replicate his IPL 2010 form.

Finally, a word of praise for the skipper Anil Kumble, who seems to still have an appetite for the competition, even in the twilight of his illustrious career as a professional cricketer. His erstwhile and commanding leadership has played an integral role in RCB’s consistent run over the past two seasons, and every member in the squad will be looking forward to his inspirational captaincy in the Champions League Twenty20 later this year in South Africa.

RCB has qualified for the Champions League for the second year in a row, and this is a remarkable turnaround for a team that was no where in IPL 2008. I’m counting the days till Champions League, and looking forward to putting my red and gold tracksuit back on.

Raymond 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.
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Can someone please remove this link from the main page? This has outdated information. Please get Ray to write something about this year’s IPL and RCB.

Posted by Krishna-K on 04/27  at  10:06 PM

retain all current indian players and ross taylor at any cost for next season.
because they are well combined together.

Posted by dayakar-reddy on 08/28  at  01:29 AM

sir plz we want rahul dravid captency . . . . .

Posted by Billu-Sathiskumar on 08/18  at  10:10 AM

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