RCB's Best: Part 1
As we move into the semis, here is a look back at some delightful moments from our first three games. Also, share with us the bits you thought memorable.
1. KKR vs RCB: Dravid caresses one through cover
All I'd wanted to do the day I'd landed in Kolkata was to take a vantage position behind the nets and watch Rahul Dravid bat. In the more modest patches of grass where I played cricket, my batting style was thought of as a passable comparison to his, and I was curious to see the shoulder shake and back leg step in before taking stance. But my flight had been booked for a later time, and I missed the practise session. After waiting eighteen anticipatory hours, the moment came. With RCB's innings needing some direction, Rahul walked in and essayed a classic cover drive for four in the tenth over. Eden has been witness to them before. but under lights, in Red & Gold, it was simply majestic. All the ladies in the J stand swooned. We may have lost the match but the three kids sitting in front of me got the best 'how to play along the ground' lesson they could have hoped for.
2. RCB vs KXIP: Kallis paces an innings to perfection
At the beginning of the tour, when roles for each player were being meticulously devised, Jacques Kallis probably got a card which read 'creator'. While serious about his cricket, he was entertaining in private conversation and had mentioned his goal to be the best T20 player by the time IPL ended. And in the 200+ chase against Punjab, he illustrated why it might not too far away. Beginning at a run a ball for eight overs, he let RObin do the hitting and then launched into Bipul Sharma (6 6 6 4) with a mixture of classy drives and powerful hoicks. By the time he'd guided RCB to victory, the scorecard next to his name read 89* (55 balls). As fine a T20 innings you'll ever see.
3. RCB vs RR: PK turns 'trickster
The first picture of Praveen Kumar painted in my mind was that of a naughty back bencher. We'd just gotten into the team bus before the KKR-RCB match and amidst the Blackberry toting crowd was PK playing loud Punjabi music in the last seat of the bus. Every bit the prankster with a gleam in his eye, he'd entertain us with his interludes, once revealing to us that if he was looking to build strength, he’d have a large glass of milk mixed with two spoons of desi ghee and almonds for ten days. We didn't try it, but after PK yorked Martyn, bounced Sumit Narwal and crashed through Pravin Dogra's gate, in three consecutive deliveries, there was serious consideration. Let me know if you do.
Sitting in the stands and taking in the moments mentioned above was thrilling, but what were you upto when it happened? Is there another moment from these games that you loved?
Share. It'd be great to hear.