I am prateek kaushik-an engineering student from kolkata.Being an indian i am i very big follower of cricket.Since the formation of the wonderful concept of IPL,I have truly been a fan of RCB,largely due to its icon player-RAHUL DRAVID,who is next to GOD for me.I never left supporting my team even during its first dismal season and was confident that this team could fight back from any position.I was vindicated during second season of IPL when 'THE TEST TEAM' came second.
I am the most fanatic RCB fan because...
I believe in potential of the team,its unity,its squad,the coach an its never say die attitude which saw us win 4 matches on the trot to reach the semi finals of IPL-2.
Strategy Map for RCB - Airtel Champions League
My preferred line up :
anil kumble(cpt),rahul dravid,kevin pietersen,jacques kallis,ross taylor,roelof van der merve,manish pandey,robin uthappa,praveen kumar,virat kohli,vinay kumar,mark boucher
why do I prefer this line up :
opening-jacques kallis and manish pandey.manish can step up the run rate and kallis can strike well and also change ends.rahul in if kallis out to provide stability.kevin or ross if manish out to step up the run rate.virat in middle order to consolidate.robin as stand-in keeper and to provide final flourish.boucher also to provide final flourish.merve very good bowler,feilder and also can bat well.praveen and vinay 2 seamers along kallis.kumble to slow run rate and take wickets.5 bowlers-praveen,vinay,anil,kallis,merve.kevin and virat can be used as part timers.
My opening match strategy:
4 foreigners-kevin,kallis,merve,ross.kallis and manish to open.manish given license to thrill and kallis to play the holding role.if kallis is out then rahul in to take upon the holding role.kevin in if manish out to play the agressor's role.ross to follow kevin and take charge.virat and robin to follow and keep up the tempo.if run rate in opening overs is quite low then merve can be sent in to strike big sixes.fielding-virat,kevin,manish to field in off-side.dravid in slip.kallis in mid wicket.bowling-praveen and kallis to open.if runs being leaked then kumble to bowl otherwise vinay as 1st change.merve to replace other bowler in search of wickets.kumble to be used as a floater in case of runs being leaked or when desperately in search of wicket.
My best T20 match:
there were 4 matches left for rcb and all were must win games to qualify for semi finals.kkr batting 1st made 185 odd runs thanks largely to mccullums 80 odd unbeaten runs.after a cautious start rcb tried to accelerate and kpt losing wickets.kallis,ryder,robin,virat were all out when rahul joined ross. ross was striking the ball very well and rahul giving him company.rahul was then out trying to accelerate.mark boucher joined ross.around 95 runs were required in last 8 overs.thats when ross went berserk.everything thrown at him dissapeared towards the leg side boundary. angelo ,karthik,ishan,ajit no one was spared.mark also kept up the tempo scoring boundaries when needed.evevtually rcb won the match with 4-5 balls remaining with a six over the square leg boundary by ross taylor.ross finished with a score of 83 not out off just mere 33 balls with a strike rate of around 250!!!! this proved to be a big turning point in rcb's fortune.they went on to win 5 successive matches to enter into the finals of IPL-2 which was termed as a dream by some critics.