Coach Ray Jennings
Coach Ray Jennings

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Flawless effort from the Challengers
Our win against a lackluster Otago Volts outfit, was an exercise of complete domination, and I must say that our boys were flawless in executing their plans and strategies. There are very few one-sided T20 games, but the capitulation of the Volts against our bowlers, clearly defined the gap in ability of the two sides.
RCB were in a ‘do or die’ situation going into the game, and defeat would have shattered our dream of winning the Champions League. However, the character of our boys when pushed into a corner is tremendous, and RCB responded with a convincing win, with both batters and bowlers performing their respective roles to perfection.
One noticeable factor in our two league games has been to return to form of Robin Uthappa, with two quick fire knocks as an opener. Robin had a poor IPL, and has worked extremely hard in the build up to this tournament. It’s great to see him respond with some good scores, and I hope he carries this through into the next stage of the competition. Robin’s knock against the Volts helped Jacques Kallis bide his time, without letting the run-rate slip.
Jacques Kallis had a perfect match where he didn’t put a foot wrong, and was impeccable with his line and length as a bowler, and imperious with his stroke play as a batter. Experience helps in any form of cricket, and RCB are privileged to have a player with such a wealth of Knowledge in Kallis.
It would have been absolutely clear to everyone that the Volts were pretty clueless against our spin duo of Anil Kumble and Roelof van der Merwe. The wickets are getting slower, and I expect our spinners to play a major role in our future matches in the tournament.
One win out of two matches has also highlighted some of the areas of concern in our team, particularly with some of our medium pacers and out fielders, and we aim to set things right for the super 8 stage, where every game will count.
RCB will also not be carrying through any extra points, owing to our defeat against the Cobras, so each and every one of our players will have to be on their toes in the next round.

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

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Congratulations to RCB and In particular Robin Uthappa, Kallis & Panday

Please keep the same batting order. It looks positive with the batting order. Like some one said please keep our fasting bowling options strong rather than completely depending on spin. Keep the momentum going. Each game looks to be a tough one - your hard work & smartness on the day brings results.  I wish all the best to RCB Team. Good Luck.
With Regards

V.A. Venkatram

Posted by VAV on 03/17  at  09:56 PM

sir!
1st of all i wud like to congratulate u n ur team 4 beating otago volts so convincingly and advancing 2 the second round of the tournament.u and RCB really rock.
Having a look at yesterday’s match RCB outplayed Volts in every department..be it in batting, bowling or fielding…RCB was simply rocking…

Now as a die hard RCB fan i know RCB will gonna face Victoria and daredevils in the next round.and RCB has no chance other than beating them to make them alive in the competition and u know sir these teams are quite strong team..
So my point of view is to have Dale Steyn in the team. I know RCB is doing well without him but all the time rcb can’t rely on merwe n kumble.
n u all know both of the teams especially luv 2 play spin attack.for instance take gambhir, hussey.Both of them are big players of spin.And we have to keep in mind that this time our bowlers will face the batsmen viz dilshan, sehwag, white, hodge n a single defeat against them will vanish the dream of rcb.so here we need a fast and a furious bowler like steyn who can dominate on the opponent and play a major role in taking rcb to the next round.

So according to me, team should be:-

1.. Uthappa(wk)
2.. Kallis
3.. Dravid
4.. Taylor
5.. Kohli
6.. Pandey
7.. Merwe
8.. Praveen
9.. Vinay
10..Kumble
11. Steyn..

I know it wud be hard to ask boucher to sit out but for the sake of the team i think this wud be the proper combination.
So sir plz reconsider over my opinion and make a strong bowling attack which can destroy ant batting order..

Posted by sg081285 on 10/15  at  06:01 AM

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