IPL4:- Dawn of the NEW Royal Challengers Bangalore team…
PRE AUCTION:- The only thing noticeable was the team was completely new..There was everything NEW about the team…The team had lost the old star players… and their absence will be felt this season…. but the dark cloud did had a silver lining…ANIL KUMBLE… who decided to be the mentor of the new team…and then there was the RAY(Jennigs) of hope and Venky on our side..and a superb support staff to add too…
THE AUCTION:- The auction for IPL4 was the most important decision making time. the team was previously criticized a lot for selecting a team with lots of experience players ( and I am quoting them as OLD)…..so….YOUTH…that was the formula for making a winning team… an energetic…dynamic team…. that was all required…And so it was….new players were superbly picked from the entire lot….and well within the allotted limits of the currency. Not a penny more not a penny less…
Within few days The team had started gelling well with each other and the RCB fans had welcomed the new team with open arms…widely opened arms…
With the likes of Dilshan, Virat, AB, Saurabh, Zaheer, Nanees and rest, the team was a superb team on paper…. But the team had to prove its mettle on team since T20 is a format where stats make no difference.
The team started with a bang. Win against the debutant kochi team proved that the team was here to stay… the dawn of the NEW RCB TEAM was here….the inaugural win was eclipsed by 3 back to back losses… the bowling attack was highly criticized. Also the leading speedster, Nannes, suffered an injury and was ruled out of the tourney…the RCB team’s sun has started to set…critics quoting the team as a perfect example of “Only Better On Paper Than on Pitch” Team…
Nannes was then to be replaced….and there comes the Thunderous CHRISTOPHER HENRY GAYLE…. None of the teams were spared from His thunderous willow… it was simply raining sixes and fours… match after match…. Records were being broken…37 runs in a over…2 IPL centuries in a same season…highest number of sixes in an IPL season…incredible strike rate and the Orange cap… The Pirate of the Caribbean simply stole the show…and rest of the teams were simply “banGAYLElored”… sheer class…
The team now had 7 wins in row….and had showed that nobody on their way to victory would be spared. A hiccup in a form of a loss to King’s XI Punjab opened the eyes before the crucial games… the team had made its place at the top of the table and CLT20,but that was not enough… Victory this season was all on the mind…the team lost to the man with the Midas touch in an unbelievable fashion in the eliminator only to face the Master blaster’s team for the knockout for the final….the most crucial game where MI were believed to be the favourites. The team pulled up their socks and gave the MI a crushing defeat to enter the finals.
Although the finals dint turned out in our favour, the team tried its best at all levels. Everybody was sad as the Team couldn’t end the season on a happy note…but this is was T20 is all about…and to look on the other side… the team did emerged as one of the best teams this IPL.. With 10 wins this season critics had nothing to say except “well played” …
the seaon did had lots of moments that stole the hearts of cricket fans throughout the country but i would like to enlist a Few that stole the show:-
1) CHRISTOPHER HENRY GAYLE’s 37 runs in a over against Kochi
2) Gayle’s 2 IPL 100’s
3) Syed Mohd. Taking the wicket of Sachin’ God of cricket’ Tendulkar, in the decider.
4) Mithun’s stunning catch on the ropes of Pollard in the decider.
5) S. arvind’s superb spell in the middle of the season.
6) Dan’s superb captaincy throughout the season.
7) The “GO GREEN” Theme match.
7) Highly commendable and appreciated job done by the RCB Web TV crew (webisode with Gayle and Bravo dancing on the tunes of bollywood songs…and the one with Gayle pronouncing…the CHINNASWAMY stadium…simply hilarious)
And That was what this season was all about…
The team stuck to the fight when it was hardest hit…proving that its when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.
and thats the #1 fan signing off ...adios..:-}
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