I am Abhinav Sahai. A computer engineer by qualification, a passionate blogger, blogging since 4 years now, a technology freak, a social media enthusiast and above all a hard core cricket follower. I blog at a number of places including a few firms as well. I have been following cricket since the age of 4 and if I am not working I make sure I do not miss any match. By profession I am a professional blogger and a branding consultant.
I am the most fanatic RCB fan because...
First and the foremost reason is because I am a Bangalorean. Second is because I trust the spirit of RCB. And was convinced of this when I saw them coming from second last in the first edition to Runners-Up in the '09 edition. Vijay Mallya is also one of the factors of my following the RCB. I simply love the way he's taken to the sports and changed the India's image of a non sporting nation. I think no one would be more fanatic than me. Being a heeuuge fan of Dravid adds the icing on the cake.
Strategy Map for RCB - Airtel Champions League
My preferred line up :
Virat Kohli, Ross Taylor, Rahul Dravid, Mark Boucher, Jacques Kallis, Jesse Ryder, Roelof van der Merwe, Praveen Kumar, Balachandran Akhil, Anil Kumble, Dale Steyn, Manish Pandey
why do I prefer this line up :
A T20 side must have a combination of players who are specialist and who are all rounders. Hence I opted for 4 specialist batsmen (Virat Kohli, Ross Taylor, Rahul Dravid,Manish Pandey), 1 WK (Mark Boucher), and 2 specialist bowlers (Anil Kumble, Dale Steyn). Since there is not much time to showcase your talent, even tid-bit players like Praveen Kumar and Balachandran Akhil, who are bowling all rounders and are useful as they can swing the bat. Kallis is an evergreen player, he plays perfectly to the situation. He can anchor the side or can do real damage as he can hit big sixes as well. With 5 all rounders the 20 overs can be filled easily even if 1 or 2 bowlers do not have a good day. With his late knocks in IPL-2 and recently in KPL, I think Manish Pandey has shown some real character and thus included. Also it would be a perfect blend of youth and experience. Hence I have chosen a balanced side which if "plays to its potential", can defeat any team on any day.
My opening match strategy:
In the opening match I would like to play 4 batsmen, 2 bowlers, 1 wk and 4 all rounders. B. Akhil will be the unlucky one to sit out. I think 2+4 bowlers should do the job. The batsmen, I think with class, experience and youth all combined together would be able to set good nice targets or chase any total comfortably. Though I am stressing more on the specialist batsmen, I know the all rounders will play a very crucial role as well. The NZ guys should able to repeat some of their performances like last time. I would try out Anil Kumble opening the bowling along with Dale Steyn irrespective of the pitch and weather conditions. Also I would use Kallis as the 6th bowler only. I dont mind if he's not required to bowl at all. As far as batting is concerned, I would see Dravind and Manish Pandey opening. The rest of the line up would primarily depend on the match circumstances, but still if its to be mentioned I would see Kallis at no3. Ross Taylor, Virat kohli, van der Merwe, Boucher, Ryder followed by Praveen Kumar and then the bowlers Anil and Steyn. The maximum of the decisions are to be made depending on pitch, weather conditions and then after the match gets underway. But chasing anything below 150 should be ok while if we bat first, any thing above 150 should be winnable.
My best T20 match:
India vs Pakistan, Final of the 1st T-20 World Cup in South Africa. India - 157/5 (20 overs) ; Pakistan - 152 all out (19.3 overs) India won the match and the World Cup. Awesome encounter!