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Salvage Operation - Dan's boys face off with Rajasthan

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Bengaluru-ians will watch with bated breath as RCB look to secure second victory in IPL 2011 against the Rajasthan Royals

Well, it was nearing D-day (to salvage RCB
pride) and the players left Ray Jennings’s noon meet, each one’s face conveying
a freshness and ‘something different’ in the air. One supposes that after
facing hurdles (read badly finished matches) it’s possible to become
philosophical. Somehow that adds strength to your resolve. Remember a famous
captain’s words “As long as my men fight like cornered tigers, I don’t care
what the result is.”

Well, that was a different situation, but
here again this is RCB in its den, Bengaluru. The boys have now adjusted to the
rigours of travel and play and made the necessary adjustments. Philosophical or
not, there’s something in the air that indicates freshness. Tuesday evening
will tell.

Well, after the post lunch rest, the team
left for the Chinnaswamy stadium to practice under lights again. This time
there was plenty of net practice along with the fielding drills. Coaches in
attendance were Jennings, Venky Prasad, Jono and talent scout Vijay Bhardwaj.

There were a total of three operational
nets. Balls were of course flying from one to the other pitched in at opposite
ends of the ground. One wonders if Facilities should have had a net with a top
to contain the batters’ shots and make the retrieval of balls easier. But it’s
probably necessary for the batsman to see how far any shot he makes has
travelled, therefore ‘top-open’ nets are worthy. But they do keep ground staff,
makeshift ball boys and even policemen in the stands busy from retrieving

Surely, the way RCBians slam the ball, the
men in the stands would be kept busiest. Virat, Saurabh and the others cut,
pulled and lofted hard. Zaheer too had a knock after a bowling workout. Johan
Van der Wath, Mithun and Arvind too bowled at the batsmen in the nets. Chaarl
Langveldt later took to bowling to one stump, challenging a net bowler to bowl
alternate balls and beat his score!

Dilshan, Pujara and Kaif padded up eagerly
and took their turns, the star Sri Lankan seeming to be cheerful as he stripped
away his pads after his batting session and waved a Gatorade bottle at the photographers
requesting his attention.

Captain Vettori kept a sharp eye on both
sets of nets and occasionally walked across to have a chat with the players. On
a lighter note, Dirk Nannes was seen entertaining his five year old son ‘Max’
who magnificently flat batted his father’s underarm tennis ball for a ‘boundary’
in a mini net far away. Suddenly the lensmen turned their equipment to ‘little
Nannes’ and didn’t seem to care much about the internationals!

Ray Jennings who had shuffled a fair bit
between nets to bring out the best in his boys then called everybody in for a
talk after their ‘cool down’ session. The signs are ominous. Will Ray’s men surprise
their critics on a Tuesday evening as they take on the Rajasthan Royals? One
thing is guaranteed – excitement.

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HardeepSingh on 21 Apr 2011, 12:55 PM
hi. niranjan-radhakrishna well, everybody who's played Test cricket tries to lend a hand to whichever aspect of cricket calls him.. coaching, TV etc.

Vijay's active during KPL on TV and remember, he's designed a software! so he's bound to be approached by TV channels for pearls of wisdom.

Aside from that, he's known to have a keen eye on local players and his down to earth nature means they're at ease with him, hence he's spearheading scouting homegrown talent for RCB.

RCB's serious business, mate, so owners/coaches will try to aim for results and sometimes one gets a feel that 'local' talent is not being tapped. Rest assured Vijay would not let us/them down.

Well, you're entitled to an opinion so thanks for putting them in. Keeps us on our toes.
Vikram_Afzulpurkar on 20 Apr 2011, 07:45 PM
it should be a good match….............. .....
prashant1187 on 20 Apr 2011, 05:58 PM
It is a nice post. Hope we start winning.
shriram-jagadeesan on 20 Apr 2011, 04:45 PM
guru will teach us......2 win......
imthepatel on 20 Apr 2011, 08:16 AM
Very important game for us, a win here would boost our confidence
Sachinbengaluru on 20 Apr 2011, 07:56 AM
go rcb go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
jinish on 20 Apr 2011, 07:02 AM
all the best rcb.................
raju-raj1 on 20 Apr 2011, 04:37 AM
it should be a good match.................
raju-raj1 on 20 Apr 2011, 04:36 AM
fielding should be taken care...............
raju-raj1 on 20 Apr 2011, 04:36 AM
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