Firstly, I would like to thank RCB fan Suresh Ananth for highlighting, in his comments on my last BLOG, that I did not acknowledge the sterling bowling performance delivered by Vinay Kumar in Pepsi IPL 6. I do read all BLOG comments and must offer my sincere apologies for overlooking Vinay. I certainly agree with Suresh - Vinay bowled beautifully for much of the tournament and realized 23 wickets. He was definitely part of our success on the field.
After winning the RCB ‘FFC 5’, Mahesh Nambiar’s sketches have become a rage. Nambiar, who has received accolades for his amazing sketches of RCB players was named as the official RCB Sketchstar right before the IPL. You can find his sketches in our Sketchstar gallery. Here are excerpts from an interview with the talented artist.
Zaheer Khan has made his comeback to competitive cricket and how! Zak put in a terrific performance with the ball, as he picked up 4/17 against the Chennai Super Kings in a rain curtailed game at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday and helped RCB prolong their quest for the elusive playoff spot in the 2013 IPL.
Pleasing a crowd that braved a 3 hour rain delay, Virat Kohli and Zaheer Khan turned in emphatic displays as the Royal Challengers Bangalore clinched a 24 run win over Chennai Super Kings on Saturday night. RCB are tied with Sunrisers Hyderabad on 18 points apiece. Though SRH have a game against Kolkata left their Net Run Rate is at very poor -0.031 to RCB's +0.457. A loss would bring that number down further and RCB could advance to the playoffs ahead on the basis of a better NRR.
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.
Royal Challengers Bangalore were beaten by the Sun Risers Hyderabad on Sunday night after a Super Over finish. Sun Risers’ youngsters helped their team level with RCB’s 130 run total to bring up the 2013 Pepsi IPL's first tied game before their imported pros sealed the game in the Super Over.
He has lead the team on previous occasions when Daniel Vettori was injured. Ahead of his first season as full time skipper, Kohli was more involved, sharing ideas on the kind of players RCB should target at the 2013 IPL player auction. On the eve of their first match, against Mumbai Indians on their home ground, Kohli answered a few questions.
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.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja ran rings around the Australian batsmen on Tuesday morning to lead India to a win by an innings and 135 runs on Day 4 of the second Test at Hyderabad. The win puts India 2-0 up in the 4 match Border-Gavaskar Series.
On Wednesday came the big announcement of Virat Kohli being appointed as the new RCB captain. After a dream run with the bat in 2012 Kohli’s leadership capabilities were clearly established. He certainly is one of the contenders to the lead the Indian team in the future. Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar also backed him up to be the next skipper of the Indian team.
Virat Kohli has been appointed the new RCB captain. Kohli succeeds the highly respected and successful former RCB captain Daniel Vettori. Kohli’s appointment follows a productive IPL 6 auction in which RCB strengthened their bowling line-up significantly and added capable all-rounders to increase the amount of flexibility in the selection of the playing squad.
Russell Adams is back with the latest news on what’s happening at RCB. As always RCBians continued to shine with their impeccable performances on both levels, domestic as well as international. Cheteshwar Pujara easily the man of the moment with 2 consecutive centuries in the ongoing series against England. Recently, Virat Kohli bagged the prestigious Polly Umrigar award; Vijay Zol also won the best U-19 cricketer award.
“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!
We know you have been waiting since quite some time now. The wait is over! We received a lot of entries; it was quite a daunting task to go through each and everyone’s birthday wish but we would like to thank all of you who participated to make Virat’s 24th birthday a special one.
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*.
The Champions League T20 starts in South Africa this week! I would be lying if I said I was not hurting while writing this newsletter. You will recall that RCB missed out on qualifying for this event by the narrowest of margins. I am sure it hurts you, our loyal fans, just as much as it hurts me. However we took many lessons from IPL5 and look forward to the new season with renewed energy and exciting plans.
Virat Kohli has had a dream run of sorts in all the three formats of the game. He has had a prolific season scoring 1733 runs in just 31 matches which include 8 centuries and 6 half-centuries. Undoubtedly he was the panel’s choice for ICC’s ODI Cricketer of the year award. After the departure of Dravid team India was on the lookout for a solid number 3 batsman, he has managed to fill his boots pretty convincingly. From a young U-19 player he has become team India’s blue eyed boy by grabbing early opportunities provided.
Team India left behind ,Afghanistan,in their very first match,of ICC World T20 2012,by a 23 run victory over them at the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
The ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup is upon us. Even better…it is on our doorstep…hosted by Sri Lanka. On behalf of the RCB owners, management and staff, we express our best wishes to all RCB players who are representing their countries at this major global event. We also wish our fans a safe journey and a memorable experience if you are planning on going.
Just like you, we cannot wait for India’s home season to kick off! Russell Adams writes about the exciting month gone by with exploits from Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and especially from the two fastest men at the London Olympics: Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake who expressed their interest in playing T20 cricket.
On behalf of the RCB owners, management and staff, we express our heartfelt RCB passion in wishing all RCB fans well in their Independence Day celebrations. And with August marking international women’s month, we also take this opportunity to wish our many female fans a very special Women’s month.