Coach Jennings is positive about IPL 6
Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Ray Jennings is excited to be back in India, planning RCB’s IPL 6 campaign. He had a lot to say to the Indian media recently, here are excerpts from his interview.
On Virat Kohli’s promotion to captaincy:
“I said it three years ago, Kohli will captain India. He has the captaincy ability and he is a superb human being. He is fiery and that is also a very good thing for the side. He has to get his captaincy-way correct because (M.S.) Dhoni is not going to be around for a long time and he (Kohli) has to be ready,”
"Kohli has the ability to lead the Indian team and also is very fiery which is a good thing for RCB."
“I think the Royal Challengers’ captaincy is a stepping stone for Kohli to take over from Dhoni. He is a superb cricketer, probably one of the best at his age in the world. All we got to do is to give him the experience and lead him. He is a young guy and I am going to be there to help him.”
On RCB’s 2013 IPL Squad
“We are a lot stronger than we were last year but in Twenty20 anything can happen. We know that if (Chris) Gayle spends 100 balls on the wicket, we make three thousand, if he gets out first ball, sometimes you lose the game. On paper the side is good and the whole unit is happy.”
“Everyone is playing according to a plan. Cheteshwar Pujara, last year, really wasn’t part of the team and he has performed. His challenge is to now play the same quality cricket in the 20-over format as he does in Tests. Kohli is in the top one or two in world ratings, A.B. de Villiers is right up there, Dilshan is coming off a hundred and Gayle has got runs so as a unit the side is looking good from a batting point of view. From the bowling point of view, we have reinforced our attack during the auction. We got spinning options as well with Murali Kartik coming in.”
“Pujara has a finger that is worrying him at the moment. He will be ready in one or two weeks’ time. Zaheer Khan will be ready to play in all the games. He will be hundred per cent fit. I don’t really know about Ravi Rampaul’s current fitness and I can only report after he arrives. They are all professionals and they want to make an impact.”
Ray’s coaching mantras
"Happiness brings energy and energy brings commitment,"
On his reputation of being a tough coach, Jennings said he cannot afford to have an unhappy unit. "Toughness you have to instil as a coach when you start. Next, the softness comes after players begin to understand the rules and values of the team," he said.
"You need to understand what players did and what relationship they had in the buildup to that (controversy). If you ask players 10 times to do something and they don't do it, you have a reaction. When you ask for the first time, you have a different reaction," he said when asked about the recent homework saga in the Australian national team. Mickey Arthur had replaced Ray Jennings as coach of the South African national side in May 2005.