If i could be Mr.Jennings for a match!
After being at the top n considered hot favourites for the title, RCB is currently facing loads of criticism from enraged fans! here is what i would have done as the RCB coach.
Of the wealth of top class foreign players, I would have the main allrounder Kallis, Steyn Ross n Petersen. Some fans will argue about not having these 4 but i think its the approach to the game thats affecting RCB than these player's capabilities. The evergreen Dravid is used as plan B by Jennings for any required damage repair or if Kallis falls early. But why not change the approach as 'why fear, when Dravid is here!'? For a 20 over innings, u dont need anyone to place anchor till the end. Even shorter brisk knocks will help. N if anyone is required to play the anchor, why not it be the great Dravid while others take on the bowling! A 20 ball 35 from kallis will better than his 40+ball 50. He is in great form n capable of accelerating if he desires to. He has the technique to deal with good bowling. Some who think Merwe should replace him should understand that he is bit reckless n unreliable. He has aggressive intent but not the class to deal with good pace or spin bowling. White may replace Kallis but Kallis seems to have done a better job than him so far. Finally, a 180/7 is a better score than 160/4. So the big guns should keep a high runrate by taking some risks fearlessly while Dravid will hold the batting at the other end. Kallis n Pandey should aim play at 9 rpo. I will have KP at 3 to keep the runrate high even if wicket falls n Dravid bats at 4. Virat, Robin n Ross will provide the fireworks at the end! Many fans are irritated by KP's poor show last match. but he has destroyed top Aus & SA bowling attacks on his own n is capable of doing what our immensely loved Rosco can do!
My main pacers will be PK n Steyn with kallis used as the 5th bowler. Steyn provides the extra firepower to the otherwise similar paced bowling lineup. Appanna should play if the pitch suits in place of Vinay. No need of Mithun as he doest seem much better than Vinay who is also handy with the bat. An intense 'yorker' sessions is what i will often have for our pacers. look what impact Malinga does with his superb yorkers! Let our pacers bowl atleast 2 yorkers n 1 good short ball per over. Pace variation is a big key which our bowler need to do wisely.
So with the above team combination n the approach 1) Dravid gets utilised well thus delight his huge fan base. 2) runrate will improve. 3) Bowling gets more formidable. 4) good balance between bowling n batting
Therefore increases RCB's chances of winning!!!