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Extremely happy with the proceedings: Dr Mallya

Hectic actions, stormy sessions, deep thinking and intelligent strategies - that's what is required to build a strong team in the IPL. Its not about looking at the players' statistics, not about only looking at their pedigrees and the names they carry. Nor is it only about their individual capabilities. Its perhaps the combination of all three added to the scheme of things required to long the most in this tournament and also for the Champions League T20.

Building a team from scratch, after having accomplished so much during the last 3 seasons, calls for a lot of guts and emotions to shed. Its something similar to rebuild your house, which you have built over the years, with a view towards accomplishing more in the future. That was the most important aspect looked into while building the team. Mix with it a bit of luck also. In the words of Dr Vijay Mallya, who was visibly happy the way Royal Challengers team has shaped up, "We are happy the way things went in the auctions," he said, as the auction took a lunch break on the second day.

Hectic actions, stormy sessions, deep thinking and intelligent strategies - that's what is required to build a strong team in the IPL. Its not about looking at the players' statistics, not about only looking at their pedigrees and the names they carry. Nor is it only about their individual capabilities. Its perhaps the combination of all three added to the scheme of things required to long the most in this tournament and also for the Champions League T20.

Building a team from scratch, after having accomplished so much during the last 3 seasons, calls for a lot of guts and emotions to shed. Its something similar to rebuild your house, which you have built over the years, with a view towards accomplishing more in the future. That was the most important aspect looked into while building the team. Mix with it a bit of luck also. In the words of Dr Vijay Mallya, who was visibly happy the way Royal Challengers team has shaped up, "We are happy the way things went in the auctions," he said, as the auction took a lunch break on the second day.

Strategically, retaining Virat Kohli, a captain material for the future and one of the most host property in Indian cricket right now, Team RC progressed towards building a team which had young blood. The importance of fielding in T20 is at par with batting and bowling, which became the mantra for Team RC while selecting and buying the players at the auction. Dr Mallya said, "Our team has perhaps the youngest of the lot in IPL and that was one of the important criterion in selecting the players this time."

In AB de Villiers, Team RC not only got an explosive batsman, but a brilliant fielder as well and also can chip in with his wicket-keeping skills. Ditto for Tilakratne Dilshan, a brilliant cricketer, who just cannot be ignored in any form of cricket, be bowling, fielding, wicket-keeping and oh!, before we forget, his blistering batting skills. If the opponents didn't have enough, then here comes Saurabh Tiwary, the latest limited overs batting hero to emerge from Jharkhand, and who is already a star in the previous editions of IPL and currently going up the ladder in the Indian team. The anchormen in the team will be on the shoulders of Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, the highly acclaimed star of the Indian team who knows how to bat in different conditions and settings.

Zaheer Khan and Dirk Nannes know a thing or two about bowling in all kinds of situations and in all formats of the game. Nannes is a hugely successful T20 bowler, while Zaks has emerged as one of the frontline bowlers in the world. With the addition of Charles Langeveldt, Team RC strengthens its middle over bowling strategy while Abhimanyu Mithun will chip in with his cunning speed and immaculate lengths. The wily Daniel Vettori then comes with his curving left-armers which more often than not have foxed the opponent batsmen.

As the auction went into the lunch on the second day, Dr Mallya came out and said, "We have had the core of the team formed and also the back-ups." Mind you, at the auction, one gets to buy the Capped players only, while a whole bunch of uncapped players are available to be picked up and who are not part of the auction, e.g. Manish Pandey, Stuart Binny.

Dr Mallya, however, felt sorry that he could not buy back Vinay Kumar, as he lost him to Team Kochi in a hotly contested bidding. "Vinay was an integral part of our team," he said. "But overall, we are overtly pleased with the team building process," he said, adding having Anil Kumble in the helm of affairs as the mentor of the team, RC is looking forward to more accomplishments than what achieved in the last 3 years.

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Extremely well finished sir,
the team picked up is fantastic...
just keep ur fingers crossed so that we win the IPL 4.
VishwajeetRoyalChallenger on 13 Mar 2011, 07:20 PM
I am no more a fan of RCB ..I think this is one of the worst team selection , there is no local flavor in it .. we all miss Dravid,kallis.. And off course this time Im going with RR... All the best ******** rcb ... come out in the league match's
chethan-st on 16 Jan 2011, 10:23 AM
I feel cheated and let down bcoz of the decision of not selecting DRAVID... how can one forget all that he has done for the team... we convincingly forget that the whole team was nurtured on his Brand image... its a pity that we forget them.. but what was more disappointing was that the entire team consists of just one local player... i thought this was a team which showcased its strength through its local players...
harysh on 16 Jan 2011, 03:47 AM
sir i heard you saying young team about leaving dravid...... i say delhi daredevils was a very young team but never made it into the finals or even CLT20...... but RCB was not young but maked into finals of ipl and even clt20 semi finals........so without dravid no RCB....... HALLA BHOLL.................... JAI RR....
santuu32 on 14 Jan 2011, 05:53 AM
Gr8 Thinking and well executed plan Dr.Mallya nd team during auction. Really bussiness mean bussines.

But Not for US. Gud by RC..B, As there is no more B ( Blore/Karnataka) in this.
Pls if possible remove B from RC..B and add M or wat ever.

Thanks for IPL1 to 3.

All the best for IPL4.

To admin: Pls remove my id from your domain.
praps-praps on 14 Jan 2011, 03:47 AM
Team Combination
1 Dilshan, 2 Virat, 3 de Villiers, 4 Pujara/Kaif, 5 Tiwari, 6 Johan/Langeveldt/Pommersbach/ Vettori/Vandiar,Rilee 07 & 08 ????? 09 Zaheer, 10 Mithun, 11 Nannes/Pradeep

Considering only 4 foreign players are allowed, hard hitting middle order is completely missing. Uncapped players can be fillers but never be backbone of the team.
moon-pandey on 14 Jan 2011, 12:11 AM
we all miss dravid,ross,robbie,kallis,kp,vinay,etc,..
but the team we have is v.good with players like zak,de viliers,dilshan,virat,tiwary and vettori... they are well known guys for the t20 format... and with manish pandey coming in the team will be great...
I AM FOR RCB... :-)
abhayms on 13 Jan 2011, 02:24 AM
i feel dravid would have been better than kaif...
but he had a v.high base price itself..!!!
abhayms on 13 Jan 2011, 02:23 AM
I WANN ASK SOMETHIN TO OWNERS OF RCB WAT MADE U NOT RETAIN ROBBIE , VINAY , ROSS ??? DID ANYONE DISAPPOINTED UR EXPECTATIONS ? I THINK U MUST BE FEELIN VERY HAPPY WEN ROBBIE HITS SIXES TO UR NANNES N VINAY HITTIN STAMPS WEN DILSHAN STANDIN INFRONT OF STUMPS N DRAVID GUIDEIN RR PLAYER WEN KOHLI STUGGLING TO MAINTAIN TEAM . CAN U PLS TELL ME SHOULD I SUPPORT ROBBIE SIX R FEEL SAD RCB IS LOOSIN , SHOULD I ENJOY VINAY WICKET R FEEL SAD FOR RCB LOOSIN WICKET ? FOR YOU RCB MAYBE ONLY TEAM N MONEY BUT FOR US IT'S PRIDE N HONOR BUT YOU REALLY DISRESPECTED OUR FAITH ... THANK YOU FOR MAKIN OTHER PPL PLAY AS KARNATAKA N MAKIN KARNATAKA PPL TO PLAY FOR OTHERS
Dheerajs on 12 Jan 2011, 11:59 AM
it is very sad to see the new rcb team without dravid ,vinay,robin.
KFPREMIUM on 12 Jan 2011, 10:54 AM
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