DD vs RCB: Preview
On a crucial match day, Anil Kumble wows the team strategist with his dedication and players share some candid comments and bond with each other in the team meeting.
Mood in the camp
As I got out of the elevator at 2 pm, I spotted and waved out to the team analyst Prasanna Agoram, and walked up for a chat. "How's it going?" I asked. "Good", he said. "Anil bhai's commitment to the cause is incredible. He has nothing to prove to anyone but he works so hard. We had a strategy meeting last night, a bowler's meet a while ago and he still wants to sit down with me for another hour to focus on detailed plans for specific batsmen and match strategy" He continued,"Vinny's (Vinay Kumar) came over to discuss some details earlier as well. Today's match will be crucial".
At the team meeting in the evening, the players talked about how well they were gelling with each other. KP ventured, "I'm loving the fact that the Indian and international players are getting along without any egos clashing. It's a great environment to be in".
Kallis was perky, and on being asked where he thought players were bonding best, he replied, "Parties!" and the room broke into laughter.
The players walked out of the meeting in high spirits. Tonight should be a cracker.