RoyalPhantom

RoyalPhantom

Bengaluru India


 

About Me

I have done B.Tech from IIT Kharagpur and am currently employed as a Team Leader in a software firm. Cricket has molded my way of thinking. You would find me giving analogies with cricketing situations to explain almost any problem, even at workplace. I am the kind of person who is always playing shots with whatever he has in his hands, be it a pen, broom or a snake. Until the 1991 world cup, my parents used to be concerned whether I would ever be able to wake up and see the Sun rise. Their fears were laid to rest when their sleeps were disturbed regularly at 3AM with cheers of fours and sixes. The only worthwhile thing my left hand can do is to bowl spin with Tennis-ball. It’s been observed that my happiness-index is ten percent higher whenever there is a cricket series in progress. Besides gorging on the display of skills, I enjoy munching on the statistics, graphs and analysis that follow a cricket match. My blog http://brownphantom.blogspot.com has more than 70 registered users. The content is comprised of short stories, observations and analysis.

I am the most fanatic RCB fan because...

I believe that being a fan needs a combination of emotional as well as intellectual reasons. RCB gives me enough of both of them. I live in Bangalore and simply adore Rahul’s batting style. His temperament is also visible in the formation of RCB team. It is a complete cricketing team, doesn’t matter whether the game is a Test-match, an ODI or a T20. There’s a class in the team which more than justifies the name and the slogan ‘Game for Life’. The way RCB fought back in IPL 2009, once the brilliant wizard Kumble took over, would remain a tale to be told. It was heartening to see each man standing up to the challenges. Having watched all of RCB’s matches, I am confident that the rise would continue further because the team has enormous potential and stamina to keep marching ahead. Besides, I also have loyalties towards a certain Miss KK and simply don’t have the heart to see her sad if, God forbid, RCB looses. Something tells me that there would be smiles all around instead.

Strategy Map for RCB - Airtel Champions League

My preferred line up :

Manish Pandey, Jacques Kallis, Jesse Ryder, Rahul Dravid, Ross Taylor, Robin Uthappa, Mark Boucher(wk), Praveen Kumar, Roelof VD Merwe, Anil Kumble (c), Dale Steyn, Virat Kohli. UPDATE on 27.09.2009 : Unfortunaely, Ryder is ruled out of the ongoing Champions trophy after sustaining a groin injury. He scored a mouth-watering 74 of 50 balls against the Sri-lankans today. Hopefully he recovers on time to play for RCB. Balachandra Akhil should be a very apt replacement if Ryder couldn't turn up. Praying for his speedy recovery.

why do I prefer this line up :

This team is well balanced and extremely dependable. All players, except Manish, have international experience. Though it can be debated whether RCB has the best batting line up in the tournament, even the harshest critic of the team can’t deny that this is the best bowling unit by a decent margin. The presence of good all-rounders gives RCB solidity and flexibility. In Kumble we have the best spinner of the tournament by many miles. Steyn and Kallis bowl for the number one international team. Praveen and Ryder are as ruthless as they come and then we have Merwe, a genuine left-arm spinner, who is difficult to score against. In all we have 6 bowlers to bowl the 20 overs. This team bats deep down till number ten which means the opposition can’t breathe easy until the game is over. Dravid, the great, can shift gears in no time. We have attacking batsmen in Manish, Boucher, Ryder and Uthappa. Kallis and Taylor know how to steady the innings. RCB should open with Manish and let him play his shots. Dravid can accompany him if we are batting second, else Kallis should be the choice so that Kallis gets longer break between bowling and batting. Then, depending on whose wicket is lost, we can send in an aggressive or a steady replacement. The idea is to maintain the balance between attack and pacing of the innings. Boucher is such a gift as a wicket keeper who can finish the game off with the willow. Robin has been showing decent form lately in domestic tournaments which is an omnious sign for the oppositions.

My opening match strategy:

Objectively speaking, RCB is the strongest team in Group C, followed by Cape Cobras. The Otago Volts are the underdogs. If one goes by expectations, RCB & Cape Cobras should be the teams qualifying for League stage. Hence the opening match is even more important as this win could count in the League stage as well. Given the strength of spinners on RCB’s side, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to dump the memories of the first match in IPL 2008 and go in for fielding first if we win the toss, especially since it would be October which foretells heavier dew. We won many matches while chasing in the second half of IPL 2009 when RCB fought back from bottom half to the semi-final berth. Another reason I would prefer batting second is that unlike RCB, Cobras have match-winners only in their batsmen and not bowlers. Bowling is clearly their weak link. We must believe, rather know, that we are a better team and all that is needed is to play our natural game against the Cobras to come out trumps. The weaker team would be forced to take the risks and we must remain consistent and unfazed when they do so. With such strong bowling line-up we can give a tough fight even at 140 if we have to bat first. It would be foolish to plan for a risky 220 if we can get to a confident 175. Play safe till first 12 overs to ensure a minimum comfortable score and then go berserk towards the end. Seeing off Langeveldt, if he is fiery that day, to target the lesser known bowlers could be a good strategy. There should be plenty of opportunities to score against some of the inexperienced (on sub-continent pitches) bowlers. Patience would be very rewarding for our batsmen. While bowling, Kumble would utilize the luxury to shuffle the bowling with two quality spinners and three well established fast bowlers in Kallis, Steyn and Praveen. Ryder can chip-in if needed. The key is to know that we have the bowling to come back from a couple of bad overs and that the Cobras' tail is not venomous enough to cause mortal damage. Gibbs is a temperamental player who doesn’t like being tied down. Kumble can bring himself earlier on to choke him and enforce error. Smith tends to play loosely outside off and tries to work the bowl to leg. It is worth trying to tempt him by removing the cover and mid-on to get him caught in slip. There would be many such tactics for each man-to man battle and if we could execute a fair amount of them, then victory should be safely ours. Security is expected to be too tight to let a dog in to unsettle the batsmen, but I strongly believe that we still have time to train a parrot which could be let out to fly and give a piece of his mind to Gibbs in case he bats on for long.

My best T20 match:

Venue: Johannesburg Date: 24.09.2007

In terms of anticipation, the experience and the aftermath, no T20 match beats the final between India & Pakistan. It wasn’t just a three hour affair. Glorifying the dream match and the passion is like restating the obvious. The ups and downs, the high stakes and the drama are simply unforgettable. With a sturdy 75 from Gambhir, India managed 157, which was a low score as per the WC 2007 standards. Then Misbah pulled Pakistan out of the rut, only to falter at the last moment. My office had arranged for free booze, excellent food and a cool DJ for the night. We danced and jumped at each Pakistani wicket and the party continued well past the midnight once Misbah erred into Sreesanth’s hands at short fine leg. I was not walking properly for the next three days but wouldn't mind the deal if offered again.

References:

Khare

Khare

he has phenomenal writing skills since his IIT times ...a total cricket freak ! He unknowingly gives all his explanations through cricket .. (surprisingly they all look so true - believe me ! ) I am sure this writing prodigy (visit hi blog ! ) will do a rocking job blogging for RCB !
4 hour ago
Nitin1

Nitin1

Like him, i am big cricket fan myself and want NAMMA team to win. Prashant, living here from a long time, has true Bangalore spirit and i would like him to write for RCB. DO visit his blog which showcases his colorful writing traits - hilarious, dramatic, thoughtful and highly analytical in nature. My vote is for him !
4 hour ago
PBhomia

PBhomia

Prashant has unique ability to combine humor with analysis as can be seen from his blog. And yes, he uses cricket a lot to explain the weirdest of situations.
4 hour ago
Nishikant

Nishikant

During school exams, Prashant used to tell mother that he is going to his friends for clearing doubts and then would go and watch cricket matches. He used to discuss cricket all the time. He would remember the points table and find out ways for each team to reach semi-final. He was the opening batsman of school team and used to keep the score of each match. He practised hard and learnt how to bowl with left hand too. He is blessed with immense power of observations and putting them colorfully in words.
4 hour ago
sharath300

sharath300

voted... vote for me...
4 hour ago
DharmaChandru

DharmaChandru

Vote 4 me.. I hv voted for u
4 hour ago
pravu

pravu

You have to talk to him to know how well he understands and explains anything, especially cricket. His theory of "Why aliens would rather watch cricket than football, unlike the stupid human race?" has put him on bitter terms with many. He is the man to see what many would miss and put that in fantastic way for readers.
4 hour ago
Punit1111

Punit1111

heyyy chk out i hv voted for u.... do acknowledge if got the vote.... well tell all to vote me... hope to c ya in last 27.............
4 hour ago
Punit1111

Punit1111

heyyy thnx bro.. here z my vote for u.. all the best may we make till last 27... tell ur fans to vote for me.. n same i ll do 4 u.....
4 hour ago
pradeep-bhat1

pradeep-bhat1

of course ur a good candidate... here goes my vote for you :)
4 hour ago
iphotograph

iphotograph

please vote for me , im voting for you. it would be great if you can get people to vote for me as chief photographer , thanks
4 hour ago
Punit1111

Punit1111

VOTE FOR ME N I LL VOTE FOR U.. I HAVE APPLIED FOR RCB FAN....
4 hour ago
meg

meg

He can write, and how! Witty : undoubtedly Fun to read : definitely. Is he the man for the job: A fervent Yes!
4 hour ago
vijayrc

vijayrc

vote me too buddy.....
4 hour ago
Shreyu

Shreyu

hey pal please vote for me and I'll vote for you
4 hour ago
ELian

ELian

Prashant aka Brown Phantom has his way with the words. Wittiness and humour gives him the edge. He can create a lively scene out of the most mundane moments by his shear power of imagination. So one can very well imagine, what he can do when the subject is Cricket and that too T20, the most lively format of the most lively game of India. He is undoubtedly man for this job!
4 hour ago
RKR

RKR

bhai pls vote for me.
4 hour ago
preetishenoy

preetishenoy

Prashant is undoubtedly THE man for the job. Merely being passionate about cricket and having a popular blog does not help.( though he does have both! ) What really matters is thet ability to be incisive yet simple, the ability to add depth yet remain grounded to facts and above all the ability to connect with readers--all of which is evident in the 'Strategy map', 'opening match strategy' as well as 'The best T20 map'.
4 hour ago
abhishek-srivastava

abhishek-srivastava

well if you see the write up which he has put up here! its no joke to write such a huge analysis! really creative i would say keep it up!
4 hour ago
Vanamali

Vanamali

Prashant is a very passionate blogger possessing commendable writing skills! His usage of words evinces a strong interest to read his posts in their entirety. Articulate in thought and expression, he uses simple language to effectively communicate his ideas, a trait which is certainly rare. His ability to analyze and present to the reader many facets of a single situation is very appreciable and showcases the depth of knowledge he has come to possess! Extremely passionate about cricket, his knowledge of the game and its nuances is vast and of seasoned experience and thus I firmly believe that his skills will be greatly required by the Bangalore Royal Challengers in projecting their happenstances via the window of blogs! I wish Prashant good luck in this endeavour and hope that my vote along with those of many others ensures his selection for the position of Chief Blogger with the Bangalore Royal Challengers Team!
4 hour ago
vinayak-sanjay

vinayak-sanjay

hey..thanx for the comment on my strategies for being a Chief RCB Fan, all the best
4 hour ago