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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.
RCB captain Virat Kohli was adjudged the CEAT International Cricketer of the Year in the 17th CEAT cricket awards. While he scored a healthy 359 runs for RCB in the just concluded IPL, Kohli has also been in tremendous touch in the international circuit over the last few years. The premier Indian batsman had previously won the prestigious award in the 2011-12 season.
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!
Young Sanju Samson's sensational blitz with the bat propelled India Under-19s to a massive 245-run win over Papua New Guinea Under-19s at Sharjah on Wednesday, the victory margin being India's 7th highest in youth ODI history.
After being reduced to 22/5 at one stage, India Under-19s came back with a spirited performance to register a 5-wicket win over Scotland Under-19s in the Group A encounter of the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Dubai on Monday.
It was yet another impressive performance from the Indian Colts, who triumphed Pakistan U19 by 40 runs to clinch the U19 Asia Cup in a high-scoring thriller at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
The India U19s registered a thumping 148-run victory over Zimbabwe U19s in the opening clash of the Quadrangular One-Day Series at Visakhapatnam on Monday.
Despite captain Vijay Zol’s valiant knock of 128 (204B, 16x4, 1x6) and Kuldeep Yadav’s brilliant bowling spell (6/38), the Indian U19 side had to settle for a draw in the 2nd Youth Test at Kurunegala. This was Zol’s second successive hundred in this series, the first being a massive 173 in the 1st Test. After taking a 181-run lead in the first innings in response to Sri Lanka’s 212, the Indian bowlers failed to restrict the Lankans as they surged to 499 in their second innings, thanks to an unexpected 188-run eighth wicket partnership between their tail enders. The visitors, who were given an improbable target of 319 in 27 overs, only managed to get to 113/3 at stumps on the final day.
While team India lifted the Celkon Mobile Cup in West Indies, the India U-19s too put up a stellar performance to beat Australia by 8 wickets in the final of the Tri-series at Darwin on Friday. After Vijay Zol won the toss and elected to field first, the 36 run opening stand was as good as it was going to get for Australia U-19.
While team India battles it out in the Caribbean, there is another series that is taking place in Australia currently, the U-19 Tri-series. Contested by India, Australia and New Zealand, the tri-series is a platform for abundant rising talent. Young RCBian Vijay Zol has been elected to captain team India this year and he promises to pack a punch with his batting capabilities. He has already scored a 46 in the first match against Australia.
“What you put in is what you’ll get out” is what they say. This could not be more true than for Cheteshwar Pujara who celebrated again recently but this time with a maiden double test hundred (206*) against England in the 1st Test. He then followed it up with another hundred in the 2nd Test. Well done Puj!
He grabbed the headlines when he scored 451 off 467 deliveries against Assam in a Cooch Behar trophy match last year. He was at the crease for almost 11 hours when he achieved this feat. His purple patch continued as he notched up a string of good scores consistently. All these accomplishments just at a tender age of 17.
We like it when you get the news straight from us but it sure does feel good to see respected newspapers carry news from the RCB camp with the insights of our heavyweights. We have compiled a bunch of articles from the past few weeks that you can find in newspapers at your home and read to learn about some of the things happening at RCB.