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RCB recently had many reasons to celebrate as our players demonstrated their talent and were recognised for their potential around the world.
We are proud to celebrate the success of Vijay Zol – one of our young up-and-coming batsmen. Vijay was recently named the captain of the India U-19 cricket team to play against Australia. He is currently down-under delivering good batting performances with 46 in the first match, followed by 128 off only 131 balls in the second and 64 in the third.
As we celebrate successes, RCB extends a very well done to Team India and Virat Kohli, who played his part in bringing the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy to India. Virat scored 43 in the final after India was struggling on sixty-odd for five. He was also named in the ICC Team of the Champions Trophy post the event. I’m sure Chris Gayle found it entertaining to watch Virat do the Gangnam-style dance and push-ups in front of the Champions board at the post-match presentation.
Tillakaratne Dilshan must also be applauded for his role in helping Sri Lanka reach the semi-finals. A pity he has been ruled out of the tour to the West Indies. Let's hope he recovers quickly from his injury. Speaking of injury, Dan Vettori sadly is struggling yet again and has been advised to have his Achilles tendon operated on.
Congratulations once again to Virat on being named captain of India for the West Indies and Sri Lanka tri-nation series in the Caribbean due to MS Dhoni's unfortunate injury. Chris Gayle also performed well in this tournament, scoring 109 against Sri Lanka. Virat was named captain of India for the tour to Zimbabwe starting 24 July. Vinay Kumar, Pujara and Jaydev Unadkat will also form part of the Indian squad against Zimbabwe.
And our celebration of successes continues with the news that Cheteshwar Pujara will lead India A on a tour to South Africa. Congratulations Cheteshwar. Jaydev Unadkat was also named in the India A team touring South Africa.
On the local front, congratulations to Karun Nair. Karun (playing for Vulture Cricket Club) slammed a century (130) against Swastic Union Cricket Club recently in the KSCA group 1, Division 1 tournament for the Sir Mirza Ismail shield. He followed it up with another ton (154 in 176 balls) for the Presidents XI against the Raichur Zone a few days later. Sandeep Warrier was also selected for the emerging bowlers camp at the NCA this month. National selector Sandip Patil has expressed high regard for the young pacer.
I have enjoyed reading the comments some of you have posted regarding past newsletters. Ananth11296…should the team jersey change? We had a few fitting issues last season for our new players but otherwise the jersey has been well received. There have been regular comments that it is the most striking IPL-team jersey. You’ll have to wait and see what’s new for 2014.
Gaurav-Dev1, I hope you were able to get to UB City during the tournament and found our ticketing and merchandise kiosk on level 2? By all accounts, we seem to have done very well on ticketing and merchandise sales in IPL 6. A hearty 'thank you' to all fans.
Many of you have offered advice on which players should be retained and who should be purchased for next year. Thank you for your constructive input. Once the 2013 Champions League is completed and the new IPL 2014 rules and regulations are issued, we will be able to start finalising our player strategy.
We are particularly pleased to note the significant growth in fan support and interaction across all our social media platforms, campaigns and activations. Stay connected as we explore new opportunities to engage and celebrate in true RCB spirit going forward.
VP-Commercial, Operations & Cricket Academy
Royal Challengers Bangalore
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Russell Adams, VP-Commercial Operations and Cricket Academy at Royal Challengers Bangalore. Former KKR Venue Manager (Eden Gardens) and consultant of their CSR/Cricket Academy. A South African born in Cape Town and former Cricket Manager of the Western Province Cricket Association. He was the Team and Operations Manager of the Nashua Cape Cobras cricket franchise and was appointed the Project Manager at Newlands Cricket Ground for the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 South Africa 2007 tournament.