IPL 2017: Royal Challengers Bangalore Looking To Find The Right Balance: Daniel Vettori
After 27-run loss at home against Steven Smith-led Rising Pune Supergiant, Royal Challengers Bangalore slumped to bottom of the points table, before their Head Coach Daniel Vettori stated the Men in Red are trying hard to find the ‘right balance’ to gain the momentum as the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL), has entered into a crunch situation where teams roll over each other, in a bid to top the charts.
“The thing is, in the IPL we’re constantly searching for the right balance. I think the wickets are not batting-friendly, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good T20 wicket. It’s been exciting for the bowlers. All three games have been pretty entertaining and I think we have showed that we can compete on this (home) wicket,” Vettori was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
The 38-year-old former New Zealand left-arm spinner stated Chris Gayle is the best bet to go within the shortest version of the game, before adding that the local pool of players is supposed to come up and deliver after missing out on few games.
“It’s tough for everyone in T20 cricket. A lot of domestic players have had to step in and perform after missing a few games or not being in their best form. We know Chris Gayle is a very good performer and we know if he can get on a roll than we can utilise Chris in a positive manner. At this stage we are just trying to find the right balance,” Vettori added.
Vettori stated they were missing a bowler and there was the option in the form of Shane Watson against Mumbai Indians as he was the experienced campaigner and they were supposed to rely on him for the handy contribution in the Playing XI.
“In the Mumbai game, we were down a bowler. Shane has been such a successful allrounder in T20 cricket for a long period of time. So we made the decision to back Shane because of his all-round contribution,” Vettori said.
After one win in five matches so far, the RCB camp is worried to pull back things as their coach Vettori is facing one of the toughest battles to come up with the balanced side for the upcoming matches with skipper Virat Kohli over the selection of overseas cricketers.
It has also been witnessed, Royal Challengers switched to many changes which further resulted in a couple of overseas changes as the star-studded side was exposed in the initial stage of the tournament.
Vettori termed the slow surfaces have been one of the reasons before clarifying that he didn’t rely on to point out it as an excuse to cover up team’s shortcomings.
“It’s probably a case of dealing with a kind of wicket that we haven’t played on before,” he said. “It’s obviously slightly slower. We are used to wickets that make it a lot easier for batsmen to hit the ball for six, hit the ball for four, to catch up with a few dot balls,” Vettori revealed.
Against Rising Pune Supergiant, RCB batsmen failed to accelerate while chasing down the target of 162 runs as they were unable to adjust to the home condition.
“We are probably creating pressure on ourselves through dot balls, striking at below 100. Trying to catch that up in the back end on a slow wicket is incredibly difficult. I think in a lot of ways we need to be more proactive. I won’t say drastic changes are required,” Vettori asserted.
Vettori made it clear during the presser that one or two performances won’t make that much of a change. Everyone should chip in to make it interesting and stay in the hunt as there are many players in the squad, who are capable of doing consistently do.
We need more of those performances, we can’t rely on one or two people and that’s why we did so well last year. We need more performances from more people,” Vettori concluded.
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