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PHASE 2 : jagadish tulagapu's review for rc's performance
Team RCB is one of those teams which envy’s the opposition team for sure with the kind of quality bowling and batting line-up we have the winning percentage should be more than 80%. Even the experts like Prof Deano aka Dean Jones (famous Australian cricketer-NDTV fame) rated RCB one of the favorites to lift the IPL trophy. The problem of plenty has created ripples in the minds of team management in the second phase of the IPL 2010; even our coach Ray Jennings admitted it very honestly. Winning and losing is the part and parcel of the game but It was very difficult to digest the fact that a player of KP’s caliber could not find a place in the team for couple of important games. I thought team management paid huge price by picking Ross Taylor who could not live up to the standard which he has set for himself and no value addition from the other foreign recruit Eion Morgan who could not adjust to the Indian conditions even after playing couple of matches. Surprisingly our bowling department let us down in the second phase and very much predictable for the opposition team. We lacked a genuine second spinner in the team composition that proved to be a costly miss for us. We lost 4 out of 7 matches in the second phase not even 50%, thankfully our overall net run rate saved us in reaching the semi-finals. Team RCB’s performance graph declined rapidly and at one stage we were sure of a semi-final berth but in the end we had to depend on the other team’s performance and of course permutations and combinations. Our team analyst Prasanna might have gone through some sleepless nights to analyze the the performance review in the team meetings. What went wrong for us in the second phase? a. Our opening pair Kallis and Pandey has done a great job in the first phase of 7 matches but somehow Manish lost the touch and form that proved to be disaster for us. And unfortunately we could not fill the gap of replacing another specialist hard hitting opener. b. Kallis has slowed down the innings in couple of important games like the one against Delhi Dare devils at Delhi. c. We lacked a genuine second spinner in the team composition that proved to be a costly miss for Team RCB. d. Consecutive losses to Deccan Chargers from winning position that really put us in the back foot and of course adverse impact on the morale of the players. e. Relying too much on Robin Uthappa to score the runs in the end @ more than 10 to 15 runs, as he is already burdened with the additional responsibility of wicket keeping. f. Lack of Innovative strategies that suits T20 format to decide that the fate of the match. g. Key players like Rahul Dravid, Cameroon White were underplayed. Since the T20 format demands aggressive cricket all the time, I thought we lacked some aggressive instinct from most of the players apart from Robin Uthappa, Dale Steyn and Kevin Pieterson; Mind you this comment was for the consistency level from our players in terms of aggression. We should be honest enough in admitting some shortcomings from the team management by not planning good strategies; 9 out of 10 times we followed stereotyped strategies in the second phase as well; For instance a player like Praveen Kumar was underplayed and unable to utilize his batting skills; I mean in terms of pinch hitting, I am pretty sure he could have been handy in plundering some valuable quick fire 15 to 20 runs, maybe he should have been sent at 1st down or 2nd down to utilize the power plays. There is nothing to lose for Team RCB and at the same time we can surprise the opposition team. It is easier said than done but if done we could have been the champions isn’t it? T20 format needs very intelligent captaincy, he needs to be alert in the entire game especially when bowling because one or two bad overs could prove very costly. I thought Anil has done decent job but somehow I felt he got it wrong in couple of matches in the second phase, yes any captain is answerable for the debacles, being a bowler he might be having his own ideas and priorities unlike a batting captain.

 

PHASE 3 : jagadish tulagapu's review for rc's performance
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s entry to the semi-final line up was very much on the expected lines but not against MI, in fact we have predicted an RCB vs MI encounter in the finals. Playing against Mumbai Indians at their home ground was a biggest challenge for the challengers. I was really disappointed for changing the venue from Bangalore to Mumbai in the last moment and all the players were mentally prepared for a showdown at Bangalore but professionally speaking we can’t take it as an excuse. The momentum was with Mumbai Indians because of their win against us in the business end of league matches. Natuarlly support of the home crowd might have helped MI but semi-final was entirely a different ball game where any team could have won the match. Almost all the fans had a gut feeling of RCB beating MI because of their even-stevens face to face record in their earlier matches but in the end the result was more or less like a Phoonk 2 of Ram Gopal Varma's fame. Match Review: MI crossed the first hurdle of winning the crucial toss and opted to bat first on a pitch that played very slow but RCB bounced back in style with some excellent bowling for the first 15 overs and were very much in the game till the 16th over. Surprisingly much to the disappointment of fans it was our captain Anil Kumble’s over that changed the momentum towards MI. They have successfully executed their plan of playing first 15 overs with some caution and then attack the last 5 overs. Kieron Pollard’s blistering innings of 33 from 13 balls was a match winning knock that lifted the morale of the players in dug out. Team RCB’s run chase was not that bad either and were in match till the 10th over but fall of wickets at regular intervals made the difference. We were in the fray till Robin departed after scoring at a brisk pace who made MI players to panic for some time. Critics at their best a. Pathetic bowling performance in the last five overs that had the telling blow on RCB. b. Probably not done the homework by Team RC on Mumbai Indian’s domestic players like Rayudu, Tiwary etc. c. Not playing at the home ground was not at all an excuse. d. Panic button for foreign players in the RCB’s camp because of the bomb scares at Bangalore. e. Team RCB had the experience of playing a semi-final earlier in an IPL event but unable to cash on it. Turning point of the match Kieron Pollard’s blistering innings of 33 from 13 balls who literally tore the bowling attack, even World's No.1 bowler Steyn had no answer to counter Pollard's assault. Does MI really deserve to be in the finals? Being an RCB fan it is difficult to accept the fact that MI was a better team in IPL 2010 with their all round performance from both the domestic and International players. Some interesting statistics The contribution in terms of runs from domestic (Indian Players) of MI is 86.03% where as in the case of RCB it is only 67.54% that shows the commitment from the MI in IPL 2010. Two Indians players (Tiwary and Rayudu) from Mumbai Indians who stood out in the bracket of leading scorers where as in case of Team RCB it was only Robin Uthappa who ran the show and salvage some the pride for RCB (*Stats only for the Indian Players). RCB Fans Reaction Very much disappointed because most of the fans traveled to Mumbai to support the team but unfortunately it didn’t happen. Fans deserve kudos because of their loyalty towards Team RCB!! Play off for the 3rd place RCB vs. DC Finally Team RCB came up with a clinical performance against DC to seal a berth in the Champion’s league. A sweet revenge for RCB by restricting DC for a paltry 82 runs and if you are a die-hard RCB fan then you should expect these kind of performances more often. It was one of those days where every thing went right for RCB and more or less it was like a script designed to win against DC written by Anil Kumble. Nothing much to highlight but a great comeback from RCB to salvage some pride for making it to the Champion’s league. Hopefully it should give our young and upcoming players another chance to prove a point or two at the highest level.

 

 
Phases Match Result

Phase 1 from
3rd May to
7th May

RC v/s KKR
(14th March)
Lost
  RC v/s KXI
(16th March)
Won
  RC v/s RR
(18th March)
Won
  RC v/s MI
(20th March)
Won
  RC v/s CSK
(23rd March)
Won
  RC v/s DDD
(25th March)
Lost
  RC v/s CSK
(31th March)
Lost

Phase 2 from
8th May to
12th May
RC v/s KXI
(2nd April)
Won
  RC v/s DDD
(4th April)
Lost
  RC v/s DC
(8th April)
Lost
  RC v/s KKR
(10th April)
Won
  RC v/s DC
(12th April)
Lost
  RC v/s RR
(14th April)
Won
  RC v/s MI
(17th April)
Lost

Phase 3 from
13th May to
17th May
RC v/s MI
(Semifinal)
(21st April)
Lost
  RC v/s DC
(3-4 playoff)
(24th April)
Won