Hey this is Disha Shetty from Mumbai. Pursuing I.T engineering. Frank and level headed person with a practical approach towards life. A voracious reader and a huge cricket buff ,with the two RD's, Reader's Digest & Rahul Dravid, being my all time fixation. Been following the nuances of the game for close to 13 years now. Irrespective of the format of the game (read Tests, ODI's, T20) or even the teams that are playing, I do make it a point to keep myself updated, if i cannot watch every game. Even tried my hand at playing the sport in college and fared decently. An ardent fan of cricketing greats like Rahul Dravid, Steve Waugh,Anil Kumble,Glen McGrath and Wasim Akram among others. I'm working on a fansite and a book by the fans (fanograpghy) of Rahul Dravid titled 'BEHIND THE WALL' as a panel member (belonging to the Literature & Grammar group) along with a couple of Dravid fans from all over the world (relevant pictures/details uploaded on facebook & Flicker album ). I took to blogging to kill boredom during vacations and cricket blogs went on to become my obvious fad. My style of writing is realistic albeit a tad sarcastic, a perfect blend of ' practical critiquing' and humour, which I believe opens the door to a wider appreciation.
I am the most fanatic RCB fan because...
"B'lore will win today. Gilly knocked over by Kumble. Couldnt ask for a better start" "Did I just see Dravid drop a sitter at the slip. Damn..what's wrong with him :( " "Good bowling by the Chargers and reckless shots by our batsmen....perfect recipe for disaster" "Why is Uthappa playing so defensive, someone remind him its THE FINALS" "We were on course. Bad batting cost us. Its ok...glad that we made till the finals atleast" (Few texts exchanged during the course of the IPL'09 final with fellow RCB fans.... with an exam to appear the next day) All this for a team I really love and hold high regards for. After all RCB has come a long way from being a bunch of 'NO HOPERS TO PARTY POOPERS' Being a Mumbaikar at heart and Bangalorean by roots, I have defied all my MI supporter friends to root for the team I strongly believe in. Keenly followed the team's proceeds ever since its inception, the bids, the transfer windows, the coaches and their strategies. RCB is a team that relies on experience and young blood alike. They are a bunch of seasoned campaigners. I have ardently followed every game that RCB played in both the seasons (IPL 1 & 2) and will continue to do so. Their dismal ouster in the first season only egged me to root for RCB even more. Inspite of having my University exams on, during the 2nd season, juggled studies and RCB matches. The hysteria that followed at home after every RCB victory was worth watching.
Strategy Map for RCB - Airtel Champions League
My preferred line up :
Jacques Kallis/Jesse Ryder (depending on their form), Manish Pandey, Rahul Dravid, Mark Boucher (Wk), Ross Taylor, Virat Kohli, Roelof van der Merwe, Dale Steyn, Praveen Kumar, Anil Kumble (capt), Vinay Kumar, B Akhil
why do I prefer this line up :
They are team well led by Anil Kumble. The above team provides RCB with a perfect balance wherein the opening duo, Manish Pandey & Ryder/Kallis, would face the new ball quite well and help put up a good score, Rahul Dravid, Boucher, Taylor would lend solidity to the line up and play the role of an anchor just in case of early jolts. Kallis and van der Merwe have been instrumental in many ways for the RCB resurgence as all rounders. RCB has a good bowling attack. Kumble has spearheaded the bowling front and has been very economical too in most of the matches. Kallis and Praveen Kumar have also bowled well. An experienced keeper like Boucher just adds to a probable winning line up.
My opening match strategy:
The Cape Cobras,the defending Standard Bank Pro20 series champions in South Africa, take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the tournament's opening game. The Royal Challengers will have the home advantage and crowd egging them on. Restricting the Cobras early on, which means getting rid of the trio Greame Smith ,Gibbs, Duminy would definitely be on the list. Fast bowler Charl Langeveldt and offspinner Claude Henderson, who were the key bowlers in Cobras' Standard Bank Pro20 victory earlier in the year, make their bowling line up to be wary off. So if RCB bats first, they should put up a huge score garnering maximum runs from the opening duo and middle order. Not to forget the field placements, excellent fielding and stumping being key to most of T20 victories. With an equally good Protean powerhouse ( Steyn, Kallis, Boucher, ver der Merwe and coach Ray Jennings) RCB definitely has an upperhand against the venomous Cobras. A good start against the Cobras could just give them the start to mount a challenge on the Champions League Trophy.
My best T20 match:
The Inaugural T20 World Cup Final. The India-Pakistan match just added to the hoopla. The final few moments of the game, nail-biting ,nerve wrecking. Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq top-edges a sweep off Joginder Sharma, and is caught by Sreesanth round the corner with four needed off three deliveries. India's first major trophy since the 1983 World Cup was the cue for open-topped bus rides through Mumbai and mass Twenty20 hysteria.