Triumphant Karnataka, Ever green Joshi and other performers
The wins in the longer formats are cherished the most be it India's 100th victory in Test or Karnataka's in Ranji they tend to stay long time in ones memory. May be that’s why the defeats hurt more be the Chennai test against Pakistan or Antigua test against West Indies or Sydney defeat at the hands of Aussies.
That brings up the importance of T20 even more. The whip, the lash and a breath of fresh air that the T20 provides is a whirlwind of entertainment which gives you joy and energy to cheer on for your favourite team RCB. Lets check out how our RCB stars are coping with the Ranji format. After all good performances here will give them the much needed confidence to go out in front of the frenzied thousands of people and play the aggressive brand of cricket come March next year. The star performers with the ball for Karnataka again were A Mithun and Vinay Kumar,as they thrashed Maharashtra by an innings. Vinay Kumar seems to have come of age this season and has taken A Mithun and Aravind superbly under his wings in coaxing some superb performances from them. Virat Kohli fought a losing cause in Delhi’s defeat to UP by notching up a characteristic 145 off just 173 balls in the 2nd innings. As for UP both the Kumars Praveen and Bhuvi put up impressive all-round shifts in leading their team to facile victory. As for Mumbai, Wasim Jaffer carried on his good form by scoring a good half-century as they gained a first innings lead and 3 points.
Summary of performances from Ranji:
Rahul Dravid continued from where he left in Ahemdabad as he scored a fluent 144 (226). Again words are less to describe this immortal legend but I will try once more :-)
If God asks me which batsmen do you want to Bat for your life when the situation of the Team is 0/1 (he has walked out many a times at this), 15/1 (Headingly Leeds, he scored 148), 32/4 (Recent Ahemdabad test), 233/1 (Kanpur Test) or any other stage it will be one and only batsmen and you all know who it is the prodigal Rahul Dravid.
Ross Taylor- Yes namma Bengaluru’s beloved Ross Taylor :-) scored two crucial half centuries in each of the innings (94 & 59) as New Zealand beat Pakistan in a thrilling first test at Dunedin. He is the goto man for the New Zealanders this series and he will be keen to live up to the billing as well.
The Proteas and England are involved in an intense battle elsewhere in SA with the ODI series 2-1 in favour of England with just a match to go. While Kevin Pietersen is still feeling his way back into the international cricket Mark Boucher, Dale Steyn and Van der Merwe were in full steam. Though none of the players have exactly set the stage on fire we expect some fireworks as the duel heads into the Test series.
Special mention: Sunil Joshi became the highest wicket taker for Karnataka, going past BS Chandrasekhar’s 437 wickets and is 4th highest in the list of Ranji wicket takers. We have seen him roll his arm over for 19 years now and he still continues to be crucial member for the state team. Kudos to him for chugging along smoothly and still have the fire in belly to perform.
G Satish and Amit Verma may also have given RCB’s scouts something to think about after scoring centuries in the last match. In fact the stylish Amit Verma who scored his 2nd century on the trot was 9th highest run-getter in the KPL as well
We at RCB are also having an eye on the IPL Transfer window as well as we are keen on seeing some stars added to our squad !!!