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AB De Villiers
So the soccer craziness of the FIFA World Cup has come to an end. Wimbledon is also over for another year. Do you notice something that both these tournaments, and many others, have in common? Something that can happen to any team or anyone, at anytime, regardless of the amount invested in terms of time, money or passion. There will always be times when the so-called “greats” stumble and fail.
Despite a sound strategy, RCB’s IPL7 will be remembered for failure to translate strategy into the effective on-the-field execution necessary to take our team into the play-offs. There were high levels of confidence and great expectations of the newly constituted RCB team following IPL auction 2014. Media, cricket commentators and fans alike were generally very positive about the strategy of retaining a small core of potentially match-winning players – Kohli, Gayle and de Villiers – and improving the balance within the team by bolstering bowling (Starc, Aaron and Dinda) and acquiring a good finisher (Morkel). The appointments of a new head coach (Dan Vettori) as well as new batting and fielding coach (Trent Woodhill) and bowling coach (Allan Donald) were also well received.
Just days after fellow RCB teammates Virat Kohli and Vijay Zol won top honours at the CEAT cricket awards, RCB stalwart AB de Villiers was adjudged the South African Cricketer of the Year last night. De Villiers pipped new South African Test captain Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn, JP Duminy and Quinton de Kock for the award.
Rajasthan Royals were taken home by 5 wickets thanks to exceptional late hitting from Steve Smith & James Faulkner who combined to overcome Yuvraj’s all-round heroics for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s big guns failed to fire as they lost to Kings XI Punjab by 32 runs at the Chinnaswamy stadium.
RCB won the toss and decided to field first trusting their star-studded batting order to chase in front of the home crowd in their first game at the M Chinnaswamy this season. RCB made two changes to their line up from the previous game with Nic Maddinson’s replacement Rilee Rossouw coming in for Albie Morkel and Yogesh Takawale making way for Harshal Patel.
Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to field first. RCB named Chris Gayle in the starting XI, a player we all have been waiting to see in action. The big man walked out to face Glenn Maxwell in the first over of the game. The Gayle Storm seemed to kick off as he got 20 runs off the first over with two sixes and a four. However, in the next over Sandeep Sharma uprooted his stumps before trapping Kohli LBW too. With the wickets of Parthiv Patel and Yogesh Takawale falling in the powerplay as well, RCB managed to score 44/4 in the first 6 overs.
Virat Kohli won his third toss and decided to chase against KKR in Sharjah. Mitchell Starc backed his decision, bowling an absolute peach of a delivery to dismiss the Kolkata skipper for his third duck in a row. Albie Morkel then picked up the in-form Manish Pandey. Kallis and Chris Lynn then had to ensure the team did not lose any more wickets without hitting over the top managed to reach the score of 42 at the end of the 6th over.
RCB won the toss and elected to bowl first trusting their massive batting lineup to chase a score that the Mumbai Indians set.
We witnessed the Gaylestorm, we saw the AB innovation and we loved the Kohli aggression. As we now await the seventh IPL season with much anticipation, RCB is all set to experience the magic of three P's – Power, Passion and of course, the Players!
Persistent rain before the start of 2nd innings denied Team India any chance of a consolation victory after South Africa set a target of 302 in the 3rd ODI at Centurion on Wednesday.
We know him as the master batsman, his warm smile giving you the indication that he will take care of any situation. AB de Villiers, with his brilliance with the bat and his role as the captain of the South Africa Cricket Team, makes one believe that cricket takes up most of his time. But it doesn’t.
T20 is a batsman’s game but bowlers aren’t mugs. They come up with their variations, the carrom ball, the slower bouncer, even the intentional half volley hoping for a mishit. Batsmen have to be on the top of their game all the time, figuring out new ways to hit the ball and new parts of the ground to hit them to. And no one does inventive batting in T20 better than AB de Villiers.
We spoke to Danielle de Villiers at the Stadium right before the KKR game.
Picture this… A man walks past a group of pretty young girls… as he passes they start to point, giggle and swoon. Sounds familiar right, something like an Axe ad? Well, you can say the AXE Effect is on because this is a sight you’ll see nearly every day during the IPL.
Daniel Vettori, one of the finest bowlers in RCB, has returned to training after recovering from an injury. With Muttiah Muralitharan in the side he may not be a regular in RCB’s starting XI but he is an integral part of the team, mentoring the youngsters and giving much needed inputs as ex-skipper. There is no doubt that Vettori will be needed at crucial times in the current season to help the team out.
Virat Kohli was the only Indian who could find a place in ICC’s T20 Team of the Tournament; Suresh Raina was included as the 12th man. Kolhi managed to impress with his consistent performances, his highest score of 78* came against Pakistan. RCBian Chris Gayle too made it to the team. Gayle played a vital role in West Indies’ World Twenty20 campaign. He made 222 runs in 7 matches, his highest score in the tournament was 75*.