Royal Challengers Bangalore’s bowling coach Allan Donald thinks his side gained their confidence back. Now, RCB is in terrific form not only for batting but also for the bowlers.
“I think we always believed it was possible. When you go on a los ing spree, a lot of things creep into your head. First thing is about what quality side we have got and why we can’t put up a good show. I think we have always identified bowling as our weak spot and found a way now to be defensive in our attack. We have got to find a way ourselves and I think we have done that.” African great Donald said.
Shane Watson has been the go-to man for the team in the time of need. “We really battled as a bowling unit right from the word go. We have panicked too early and we have not been up to the mark in crucial situations, especially in the last few overs. We have had no Mitchell Starc. We didn’t have a guy who bowls 150kmh. We had to find a way collectively to be defensive. It’s almost like finding a blueprint in being defensive. It’s little bit boring in a way but I think we have stuck to that. And it is working for us. It also helps when your batting line-up scores 200 plus,” He told.
He spoke about how the support staff and team kept the bowlers going despite back to back failures. “We have worked on an individual basis and not so much on a team meeting aspect. We have let the player know what they do particularly well rather than focusing on the negatives. We have worked out a bowling pattern that suits us collectively and that seems to have paid-off, ” Donald added.
Donald praised Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers for their efforts. “It is intimidating for any bowling attack when you have such a line-up. I have never seen batting at this level and skill from the point of view of Kohli in particular. He is on another planet in terms of confidence,” he said.