If you followed IPL2 on RCB website, I am sure you would remember "Observer" - the guy who was bringing you a statistical analysis of RCB's chances of making it to Semi Finals! That's ME ... and I was SPOT ON ... RCB made it to the finals and my "strategic statistical insights and analytics" was turning out to be bewilderingly accurate. Wouldn't RCB need me now and for the next IPL? Because I have some proven techniques that can really help the management of Team RCB!
I am an ardent cricket fan ... my early life recollections about my cricket craze date back to collecting cricket pics from newspapers and magazines and making a scrap book out of it. In fact I would lead my brother, cousins and friendsto libraries like City Cental Library in Jayanagar and Indian Institute of World Culture(each of us below 12 years and carryng a blade!) to cut pics from exotic cricket magazines - The Cricketer of UK was fabulous.
Once I was caught cutting a pic by the librarian who was sweet enough to merely give us a lesson in moral science that ended this adventure!! I was a hero in my school because I had a great scrap book! Looking back, I wonder how I got that kind of courage!!
My other notorious achievements include jaywalking into the wedding reception of B S Chandrasekhar when I was 13 - smartly dressed, I piled on along with a Chandra's Syndicate Bank invitees!
I did manage to play cricket for my school but realized that I may end up neither here nor there since I was not even "club class cricketer".
When I entered college, I became more serious about studies and went on to do Engineering in RVCE Bangalore and MBA from IIM, Calcutta. Worked in several MNCs and now I am an independent technology consultant.
Cricket has been fascinating, in all its forms all these years. And is geting more exciting in its new avatars! Let's all enjoy it - playing, watching, writing about it,analyzing, talking about it, and living it!
I am the most fanatic RCB fan because...
Firstly, it belongs to Vijay Mallya - the pride of Karnataka in industry and sport, an icon amongst entrepreneurs and businessmen; the most flambuoyant amongst all entrepreneurs/businessmen in India. He has a little more dare and dash than all others.
The most admirable quality in Dr Mallya is that to him, his passion comes first and results second. His belief that passion determines the intensity of our actions which in turn determines the results is second to none.
And I love and admire his demonstration of pride in and patriotism for the country - Sword of Tipu Sultan, Gandhi's relics, Force India to name a few
A man of eclectic taste when it comes to display of his penchant for class, he proved this to the hilt in roping Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone as the brand ambassadors.
Secondly, it represents Brand RC - my favorite whisky - always there to give me the extra high. And is part of the KIngisher family - my favorite beer - anywhere in the world!
Thirdly, my Affinity with Kumble - the team is led by Kumble, a role model for generations to come - and I am happy to share a few things with him, though I've never met him, nor spoken to him. Kumble and I went to the same school and same college - though at different periods. (National High School, National College and RVCE).
Later in life, when Kumble vacated his flat in Sovereign Park, Basavanagudi, I was the next occupant! There were times when my wife and I would go through his fan mail!! Some fans are insane, I must say and I admire their perseverance and patience in sending long, serialized letters with continuation serial number, etc
On one occassion, Kumble's dad dropped in at our place to collect his telephone bill - my wife missed a heartbeat
Finally, When it comes to cricket, RCB is Bangalore and Bangalore is RCB. As a diehard Bangalorean, I can feel RCB air surrounding me wherever I am.
During IPL2, I was a prolific writer on the Royal Challengers website - in the Fan Club posts - with the nickname "Observer". My statistical analysis on trends and predictions of RCB is well documented and I could see the excitement after each day in the RCB fans looking forward to my analysis. Interestingly, my trend forecasting used to be spot on, day after day, match after match. I intend to take this to the next level for IPL 3. Unfortunately, when RCB website was revamped, it looks like I've lost my piece of history. I only pray RCB would have archived the contents of previous website.
Protecting Rahul Dravid:
Under the nick "Observer", I have commented extensively on www.cricketnext.com - my comments were well appreciated by readers. My comments reached its zenith around the time Vengsarkar 'dumped' Dravid - my comments were so strong, scathing and acerbic that if Dravid had read those comments, the nick "Observer" will be permanently etched in his memory.
I stopped commenting on www.cricketnext.com after Dravid lost his place in the ODI team - with Kumble having already retired from ODIs, the Namma Bengaluru flavor was gone.
Passion requires an emotional binding - a binding for your geography, for the people, for the socio-cultural flavor of the entity we adore, an ability to think intensely - all of these is what I have highlighted in this profile - and I wil surely bring to the table as a Chief Blogger
Towards the end of IPL2, I set up MyRCB@yahoogroups.com - a Yahoo group to simplify communication amongst RCB fans. However, I have not aggressively marketed t - and plan to do it when IPL3 fever starts its ascent.
Strategy Map for RCB - Airtel Champions League
My preferred line up :
Uthappa, Manish Pandey,Rahul Dravid, Mark Boucher,Virat Kohli,Ross Taylor,Anil Kumble,Vinay Kumar, Praveen Kumar, Van der Merwe,Dale Steyn, Rajesh Bishnoi
why do I prefer this line up :
They all have fire in the belly, passion running through their veins, diamond studded hardness, the will to win, the temperament to persevere and stay put till the last ball is bowled. They all believe "A match is not lost till it is won, and not won till it is lost"
My opening match strategy:
FIRST AND FOREMOST, DISCARD THE FOLLOWING THEORIES:
1. The side that wins the toss has an advantage.
2. The side that bats first has an advantage
3. We missed so and so ... etc. The reservoir is full
4. Good captain wins matches; Bad captains lose matches.
5. 1 key RUN OUT hurt us badly
BECAUSE you are all TOP CLASS cricketers, you should adjust and adapt to the playing conditions - weather, dew, pitch, scorecard situation etc etc. And each of you are captains in your own right - you should know what to give to "your present captain" as a player.
Running between wickets requires 2 minds to sync, which is not possible 100% of the time. Factor 1 key run out that badly hurts in your planning. A 2nd run out is "bad coordination and teamwork"
That said, strategies do matter and the captain should communicate the strategy clearly - and I am assuming the strategy would have been deliberated by the team management and a consensus arrived. For example:
1. Batting first, have a target in mind; achieve 40% of the target in the first 10 overs. Encourage each player to play his natural game. Never send a big hitter to open - reserve the fireworks for middle and lower order.
2. Batting second, have an open mind on the batting order. If chasing a tall score, challenge the openers to have a partnership of 25% of the target. Alternate the aggressive and less aggressive batsmen in the order. If several wickets fall early, let the tail wag in the middle.
7 Keys To Success In Every Match:
1. Every player should bring tons and tons of optimism and confidence throughout the match
2. Tremendous camaraderie amongst the players
3. One spectacular batting performance
4. One spectacular bowling performance
5. 2 spectacular catches
6. 1 masterstroke by captain Kumble batting order
7. 1 masterstroke by captain Kumble in bowling changes
My best T20 match:
Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians