Coach Ray Jennings
Friday, October 16, 2009
Victoria too good on the night
One major difference between the IPL sides and the rest of the teams in the Airtel Champions League T20, is that the IPL players assemble for one tournament a year, whereas the other teams are part of the same first class units in their respective countries, and play together throughout the cricket season.
This is not an excuse or a reason for defeat, but just an observation on the way the likes of New South Wales, Victoria and Cape Cobras have performed as a unit in this tournament. Victoria Bushrangers played phenomenal cricket last night, and were undoubtedly too good for us in every department of the game. Victoria are a good side, who have performed exceedingly well in the domestic set up back in Australia, particularly in the KFC T20 big bash, where they seem to demolish most teams.
The Champions League is a great international challenge for clubs like Victoria, and the effort that their boys are putting in, is paying rich dividends.
Fast bowlers seem to give any team an edge, irrespective of the format of the game, and Shane Harwood and Peter Siddle came hard at us last night.
Although Robin and Manish gave us a pretty decent start, Harwood and Siddle kept running in hard, to keep our batsman on the back foot. Andrew McDonald bowled a good spell to follow up, with some immaculate wicket to wicket military medium, which was hard to get off the square.
It was a good toss to win on a slow wicket, but we just didn’t get enough runs batting first, and our bowling unit didn’t have a competent score to defend.
The RCB boys are bitterly disappointed with their efforts last night, and aware that some of them did not rise to the occasion. I have seen this team perform better in previous must win games, so the defeat to Victoria is a bitter pill to swallow.
All is not lost at this stage, and we still have a clear mathematical chance to qualify for the semi-finals. Other results are out of our hands, but our agenda is now pretty clear and simple; to beat Delhi convincingly on Saturday. No one in our unit has thrown the towel in, and we are looking forward to the game against Delhi.
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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