I am a die hard RCB fan first and foremost. I am a software engineer by profession but have a DNA of sports specially cricket in me. I have been part of school, college and company cricket teams. I have represented my college and company in football too. My passion is sports and I am an avid follower of all the sporting events happening around the world. I have been the editor for the webpage in my company in which I write the previews and reviews of the cricket matches which are played.
I am the most fanatic RCB fan because...
I believe in my team RCB come what may. Even when they branded this team as a test team i had faith in the team. I watched all the home matches of RCB in Chinnaswamy stadium during IPL-1. My faith was repaid and how RCB were the finalists in the 2nd edition. This was because of the 2 mavericks Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid, once a top cricketer whether test or ODI always a top cricketer. I followed the matches of IPL-2 at my home and big screens around in Bangalore. I haven't missed any RCB matches throughout the two seasons, prayed for them, despaired when they lost and cheered when they won. Have been branded as a RCB freak by my friend circle.
Strategy Map for RCB - Airtel Champions League
My preferred line up :
Manish Pandey, Jacques Kallis, Jesse Ryder, Rahul Dravid, Ross Taylor, Virat Kohli, Mark Boucher(wk), Roelof VD Merwe, Anil Kumble (c), Dale Steyn, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar(12th Man)
why do I prefer this line up :
This line-up boasts of excellent blend of fast bowlers, spinners, all-rounders, explosive batsmen - all in all potential Match winners. With Manish Pandey to fire all cylinders while Kallis to hold one end up, they can give us a superb start. Then with a line up, consisting of sedate yet explosive Rahul Dravid and Ross Taylor complemented by big hitters Jessy Ryder, Virat kohli, Roelof VD Merwe and uber cool Mark Boucher, can send shivers down the oppositions. The flexibility lent by the all-rounders VD Merwe, Kallis and Ryder is just perfect as we can spring many surprises to the opposition by mixing our batting order. The bowling led by legendary guile of Kumble along with the Red Lightening (RCB wear RED) Dale steyn, the wily Praveen Kumar and the two proteas Kallis and never say never VD Merwe can cause any opposition headaches.
My opening match strategy:
A look at the opposition team and you know a few RCBians may already have some plans and strategies worked out. Graeme Smith will as usual don the role of anchor along with Duminy while Gibbs, Ontong, Philander will be the more adventurous ones. Our strategy should be to get the mercurial Gibbs out early and target on squeezing Smith and Duminy to coax them into big hitting which can lead to chances for us. The only unknown quantity is Henry Davids who boasts of strike rate of more than 140 domestically so we would do well to get him back in hut soon. As for the bowling only two have appeared on international scene Langeveldt and Zondeki, and so therein lies there weak point. If we put pressure on their bowlers and rack up a huge score we will be with more than a good chance pip this team. Our batting looks pretty strong with the young Manish Pandey and the seasoned Kallis to open. Manish has shown great form in the recently concluded KPL, he bats with a certain flair and fearlessness. Depending on the start we get we can shuffle our batting order with Dravid to walk in in case of fall of Kallis or VD Merwe to walk in early in case we want to surprise the opposition. Then we have a strong middle order of Ross Taylor, Virat Kohli and Jesse Ryder followed by the finisher Boucher who can be trusted if chasing or setting up a total. Unleashing the fiery Dale Steyn and wily Praveen Kumar will surely cause the opposition batsmen some trouble and who knows namma Bengaluru wicket better than the stalwart skipper Anil Kumble himself. We have to take advantage of Indian conditions and I am sure Kumble will have a trick or two up his sleeve with his astute captaincy and accurate bowling. The spin of VD Merwe will come in more than handy in the sub-continental conditions. With Kallis and Ryder to share the responsiblity of 5th bowler we have more than capable bowling attack to go with a superbly blended batting line-up.
My best T20 match:
The best day of my life as a cricket viewer. My friends and I had gathered at a pub in Bangalore. The buzz in that venue was as electric as the stadium itself. As India batted every run was wildly cheered and every wicket deeply mourned. A total of 157 gave us hope but a wary hope. The chase began and so did the tempo of the match. The rituals which we created around the place had to been seen to be believed. As the wickets started to fall everyone was to be seated in the same place, after the fall of each wicket the same set of people were to gather in the middle of the hall and celebrate with high fives and dance to Chake De Chak De India sung by the audience. Then get back as soon as the match started. Oh those final few overs, if I remember them even now I get goose bumps. The wild celebration of the victory, the hugs, the high-fives and the Dances seemed to have got all those present in the hall as one big set of friends even though we didnt recognize each other. We cried ourselves hoarse, grabbed an Indian Flag in a near-by shop and rushed to MG Road as celebrations had begun. The sight which i can never forget of a small girl waving our Tri Colour standing on top of a car right in middle of MG Road and hundreds of people around the car cheering her on and dancing, embracing and singing Chak De India. That was the best day of my life as a cricket fan and what i witnessed was true unity in diversity which transcended all boundaries of cast, creed, religion , colour, language and many more. Cricket has that unique power of healing, of getting people together , of giving hope and of giving joy.