Cricket is in my blood, my passion, my heartbeat and ofcourse my life. I've been following the game since I was 4 yrs old and its my dream to work as a TV commentator one day. I am currently working at a leading cricket web portal called Cricbuzz.com as a content writer and a commentator, so u can say with surety that I eat sleep and drink cricket. I love living cricket in addition to getting a bachelors degree in Electronics and Communication engineering. I have a strong passion for anything relating to Namma Bengaluru, be it the Royal Challengers Bangalore or the KPL. I've worked previously as a content writer for Merasport, and covered 20 matches of the IPL-2. So in short cricket is my way of life.
I am the most fanatic RCB fan because...
I have a connect right from its inception on Feb 8th 2008, the day the auctions took place in Mumbai. I've been following every move of theirs. I can recollect the incident where I had to bunk college for 1 whole day despite having lack of attendance, to stand in the Q and buy the tickets for the 1st ever IPL match, in which we were playing the Knight Riders. More recently in South Africa, I recollect the way me and my friends used to discuss strategies on how RCB could make it to the semis, and praying that a few results go our way, but the boys in RED defied all logic and conventions, beating all the others black and blue to make it to the finals. None of this would have been possible without the support of the team owner, and that is where I feel that Mr Vijay Mallya has made a difference. He leadership skills had made a remarkable difference to the team. The appointment of Ray Jennings as the coach was the best decision he took, and we all know the end result. We went from being no hopers to being called the wonderboys. His enthusiasm for sports has rubbed off on everyone following the team. His involvement with the management has made a great difference, and this interest can be seen even in Formula One, where he transformed the Force India F1 team from being the back markers to ones who are serious contenders at the top. This is nothing but inspirational stuff and I've been hugely influenced by his leadership skills.
Strategy Map for RCB - Airtel Champions League
My preferred line up :
Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa , Rahul Dravid, Ross Taylor, Virat Kohli, Balachandra Akhil, Mark Boucher, Roelf Van Der Merve, Anil Kumble, Vinay Kumar, Praveen Kumar, Jacques Kallis
why do I prefer this line up :
Manish Pandey has proved it to one and all that he can be a really explosive batsman and can hurt the opponents big time in the power plays. Robin Uthappa on his day can rip into the opposition bowling as well. His form towards the end of the KPL has been encouraging, and he would be looking to carry the same into the Champions league. Rahul Dravid, is a perfect example for all those who are seeking to be technically correct batsmen. He would bat at 3 as he can steady the ship in case we lose an early wicket, He would be followed by Ross-go( Taylor) and Kohli whose attacking instincts can drive the middle overs. Akhil, who was instrumental in winning the KPL title for his team, the Provident Bangalore,has developed into a fine all-rounder, and is also an experienced cricketer, who hasn't got the right kind of opportunites to prove himself, although he once did it in a match against the Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad, scoring an unbeaten 27 in just 7 deliveries to take us home in a tight match. The experience of Mark Boucher at No.7 can be invalueable to our side, and he is an asset to any team. Van Der Merve's tidy spells in IPL-2 helped us to restrict the opponents to a chaseable target. The fact that he can wield the long handle works to his advantage. I would use him as a floater. And then offcourse the bowlers led by our inspirational skipper Kumble, who doesn't need to prove his credentials. Vinay Kumar who represented the Belgavi Panthers in the Karnataka Premiere League, has proved to be an excellent allround talent, picking up wickets and also chipping in with runs when his team has needed him to step up. Praveen Kumar is an exceptionally talented cricketer, who has't done justice to his batting potential, but under the guidance and influence of technicians likes Dravid and Kallis, he is bound to get better. He has the ability to get some late swing, which could trouble the batsmen in the initial overs, if he is on the money straight away. And offcourse Jacques Kallis will be a very integral part of the think-thank. He would come into the team only if it is an absolute necessity. On placid batting tracks in India, he is not going to get much of a purchase, so it is better off having someone like Uthappa at the top, who can dent the opposition's psyche with his lusty hitting.
My opening match strategy:
Win the toss and bat on a batting beauty at our home ground, Bangalore's theatre of Dreams, the M.Chinaswamy Stadium. Sure that the Cape Cobras would have the likes of Gibbs and Smith, but the presence of Kallis and Boucher in our ranks would help us scrutinize their strengths and weakness. We are sure to get enough support from the crowd so that should work to our advantage. If we put up a total in excess of 170, its not going to be easy for the opponents to chase that, given our good bowling attack. The crowd support would make a total of 170 look like a 200 score. The batting line up would be the same like I have mentioned above! Go RCB!!
My best T20 match:
RCB were chasing a total in excess of 180, and were down in the dumps, needing 78 off the last 6 overs, when a Taylor storm engulfed the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Ross Taylor made 81 runs of the highest quality, which included some ferocious hitting, to take us home with 5 deliveries to spare! That was an unbelievable match.