The Colliseum beckons - RCB are back at hard practice
---------------A rejuvenated RCB team on a high takes to the 'high ground' and practices its skills.---------
Golf on Monday and then wham… all the players were seen smiling and together on Tuesday after return from a brief gap. One wonders if future IPLs can be aligned to allow for more space between matches, if an additional break seems bad for the rhythm.
Only those who travel and especially those playing hard know the feeling of unwinding, getting the mental focus and living up to revised targets. To the multitudes, because about four or five matches, featuring eight to 10 teams elapse in the interim, it seems like ‘enough rest time has passed, so their show must go on!’ The reality, however, may be different.
Anyway, for the time being, the stars will have to contend with continuous public expectations that ‘they are being paid good money so must perform their act as stipulated in the contract.’ Again, a case in point of high performance is the of the Indian team’s in the recently concluded World Cup where they were allowed six days rest between any one match, barring the finals. That was motivated by television TRPs on weekends, but the results proved beneficial even otherwise.
Anyway, the rejuvenated RCB players went all out in the practice match. Also present were Siddhartha Mallya, Anil Kumble and Venkatesh Prasad. Ray Jennings queried who the bowlers are in the Kings XI Punjab side were, their opposition on Friday the 6th. Somebody rattled up the names “Piyush Chawla….” etc and the coach put into words a general idea about how RCB would prepare.
Ray spend time on the boundary line talking to Venky Prasad while the game ensued and also made many trips to the pavilion where the rest of the players were seated ready to go out to bat. Then he found some time to exchange pleasantries with old friends among the onlookers. The Coach is looking relaxed and confident that players are keeping to the schedules.
Some players stated that the work culture in RCB was good. They must’ve meant it and probably reflected the feeling from their time spent in another franchise in the seasons gone by.
‘Geronimo,’ a famous operation’s name recently may possibly be the mantra of this RCB unit. Hinting at the meaning “let’s go,” this well oiled unit can borrow from it and go out to replicate their previous performances! Fans of RCB can’t wait for the magnum opus of ‘stage 2’ of their IPL sojourn two days from now.