Greening the City
Green was the mood of the day as the RCB team lent its support by cycling. 'Cycle to work or take the bus' was their message to city-dwellers
Causes, the right ones too at that, took centre stage today. Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, Daniel Vettori, Tilakaratne Dilshan, Coach Ray Jennings and S Arvind all cycled from Vithal Mallya’s road’s famous UB city to the Chinnaswamy Stadium. It was the father of the nation’s birthday and this was a good cause to take up, to promote the use of cycles and buses. “Go by bus and create a carbon-free environment. Cycle to work,” was Daniel Vettori’s message.
Old Bengalurians will also remember that the site where the world class mall (UB City) is built used to be its factory. A better case in point there could not be; the factory was promptly shifted to the outside areas of the city many years ago just as urban congestion started increasing in Bengaluru.
The cricketers were in lively spirits and soon enough Virat started cycling away from the pack. Probably an indication that even if one is in a hurry, you can still pedal faster and get to your destination! Dan, ever the steady skipper, kept with the pack to loud cheers from those gathered at Kasturba Road. The players continued onto Queens Road (facing Cubbon Park) and made a U-turn at Minsk Square. They then cycled into the stadium to further cheering from their fans and other supporters of the cause.
Fans will remember the green initiatives taken by the Royal Challengers Bangalore team during IPL 2011 when they even played a match in green clothing. Siddhartha Mallya had spread the awareness of controlling carbon emissions and this time was no different.
Urban living requires more responsible living especially seeing the current-day migration trend which many say is irreversible. The question we need to ask of ourselves is ‘What am I doing today to preserve the clean air in my city?’
At the stadium the emcee announced the giving away of a bicycle each to five winners of an online contest. Coach Ray Jennings proudly held up RCB’s alternative green flag, a die-hard show of support to the cause. Chris Gayle was his smiling self, only this time, there seemed to be a greater zest. Dilshan, sporting his sunglasses, and made no secret of his enjoying the cycling.
When the function was over, Coach Ray Jennings declared that the team management was putting into place a plan very early on for the next optimistic chance RCB would have. Even if their fortunes don’t swing dramatically in this edition of the Champions League, IPL-5 would be the target for the men in red. “At times, the crowding together of excess teams in the same city, taking away adequate practice slots, can affect the rhythm of the team although that is not the excuse RCB is offering. We will improve,” said the former South Africa wicket-keeper.
Ray reflected briefly on the fact that many of the other overseas teams had had plenty of time for pre-tournament boot camps and practice, which might have reflected in the results. But he had no doubt that this was mere analysis. RCB’s formidable reputation may not have dented teams so far in this competition, but things will change soon for the better.