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RCB head coach Simon Katich (Photo- BCCI)
RCB head coach Simon Katich (Photo- BCCI)
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Simon Katich Steps Down As RCB Head Coach Before IPL 2021 Resumes

Simon Katich, RCB head coach has stepped down due to personal reasons ahead of the resumption of IPL 2021. Director of Cricket Mike Hesson to take over in the UAE.

Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday announced that their head coach Simon Katich has stepped down due to personal reasons in the lead up to the resumption of Indian Premier League 2021. The IPL will resume from September 19 in the UAE.

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Simon Katich, RCB coach with Team Director Mike Hesson (FILE)

Simon Katich Saw RCB Reach The Playoffs In IPL 2020

Director of Cricket Mike Henson will double as the head coach until the end of the IPL 2021 season. The announcement was made when Mike Henson interacted virtually with the press on Saturday, which was also Simon Katich’s 45th birthday.

Mike Hesson. Credit: AFP Photo
Mike Hesson. Credit: AFP Photo

The former Australia opener had played a key role in reviving the fortunes of RCB over the last 2 years. After coming onboard along in 2020, Simon Katich oversaw the team’s preparations as the head coach while Mike Henson was roped in as the Director of Cricket. Under Simon Katich, RCB reached the play-offs in IPL 2020 — the first time they managed to do so since 2016.

RCB lost the IPL 2020 ‘Eliminator’ against Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets to bow out of the competition after a poor batting performance. Royal Challengers Bangalore is a powerful team in the Indian Premier League that has made it to the finals on three occasions- IPL 2009, IPL 2011, and IPL 2016. But unfortunately, the Virat Kohli-led side ended up as runners-up in all these seasons.

RCB Was At The 3rd Spot In IPL 2021 Before Its Suspension

RCB was in a strong position, having won 5 out of their first 7 matches in the IPL 2021 season before it was suspended in May following positive Covid-19 cases in the bio-bubbles of multiple franchises in Ahmedabad and New Delhi. RCB was at the 3rd spot on the 8-team points table.

Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Image Credit: Twitter)

RCB made a great start to the latest edition of the IPL, winning five of their seven games. They were third in the points table behind the Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings when the season was suspended back in April.

Their IPL 2021 campaign was bolstered by the arrival of Glenn Maxwell and Kyle Jamieson. Both players positively impacted their batting and bowling fronts, respectively. RCB will be hoping for their stars to continue in the same vein when the remainder of the IPL resumes in the UAE.

RCB won against Mumbai Indians (2 wickets), Sunrisers Hyderabad (6 runs),  Kolkata Knight Riders (38 runs), Rajasthan Royals (10 wickets), Delhi Capitals (1 run), and lost to Chennai Super Kings (69 runs) and Punjab Kings (34 runs) before IPL 2021 was suspended.

The likes of Glenn Maxwell-223 runs, AB de Villiers-207 runs, Virat Kohli-198 runs and Devdutt Padikal-195 runs starred with the bat while Harshal Patel-17 scalps, Kyle Jamieson-9 scalps, and Mohammed Siraj-6 scalps starred with the ball.

Pat Cummins. (BCCL/IPL)
Pat Cummins. (BCCL/IPL)
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Pat Cummins Recalls 1st Game Played In India During Champions League T20 2011

Pat Cummins has established himself as one of the best bowlers in the world in the last few years. But it was only after a lengthy fight against injuries that he could establish himself in the Aussie team.

In a recent interview, Pat Cummins recalled his first game in India which took place during the Champions League T20. Then 18-year-old Pat Cummins was playing for New South Wales and was stunned to see the Indian crowds going wild.

New South Wales Blues bowler Patrick Cummins (right) celebrates a wicket during the Champions League Twenty20 first semi-final between Royal Challengers Bangalore and New South Wales Blues..
New South Wales Blues bowler Patrick Cummins. Photo Credit: BCCI.

Pat Cummins Recalled Crowd Went Crazy While Playing For New South Wales In 2011 Champions League In India

The 2011 Champions League Twenty20 was the third edition of the Champions League Twenty20, an international Twenty20 cricket tournament. It was held in India from 19 September to 9 October 2011. The defending champions were the Chennai Super Kings.

The Mumbai Indians emerged as the winners of the tournament, defeating the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final. David Warner from the New South Wales Blues won the Golden Bat Award, while Ravi Rampaul was awarded the Golden Wicket Award and Lasith Malinga was declared the Player of the Tournament.

“The first time I landed in India was in 2011 to play the Champions League. I was playing for New South Wales and had just turned 18. That was the first time I had traveled overseas for cricket and growing up you hear all the stories of playing cricket in India and I just absolutely loved it,” Cummins said in the latest vlog uploaded on his Youtube channel.

Ravi Rampaul Associated Press
Ravi Rampaul-Associated Press. Photo Credit: IPL

“We played against some superstars, I think Sachin Tendulkar was playing in that tournament. As an 18-year-old coming here and hearing the crowd go crazy I couldn’t believe it.

“In the warm-up, David Warner and Shane Watson, who were on our side whenever they ran to the boundary, the crowd will just go crazy. It’s so different from Australia. We were here for three or four and I couldn’t get enough of it,” he further added.

David Warner of New South Wales scored 328 runs in 5 games and was followed by Chris Gayle-Virat Kohli duo of RCB. Apart from the trio, Jacques Kallis of KKR also scored more than 200 runs. Ravi Rampaul of Trinidad and Tobago picked 12 scalps while teammate Sunil Narine and Mumbai Indians’ Lasith Malinga took 10 scalps each.

New South Wales had players like David Warner, Steve Smith, Moises Henriques, Shane Watson, Simon Katich, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Hauritz, Josh Hazlewood, Philip Hughes apart from Pat Cummins.

Pat Cummins Enjoys Batting And Loves To Swing The Bat

Meanwhile, now Pat Cummins has become a mainstay not only in the Aussie team but his IPL franchise KKR, as well. During IPL 2021, he did decently well, and also played a crucial knock with the bat, smashing 66 from 34 balls.

“I do (enjoy batting), yeah, sure. Especially when you’re batting kind of like seven or eight you’ve got a small window normally to make an impact so you’re going to try to work on being able to hit from ball one.

“I spend a lot of time being a boring Test batter, I can’t score runs. So I quite enjoy coming out here and swinging the bat. Sometimes it comes off, sometimes it doesn’t,” he signed off.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins (File Photo)

He has picked 164 scalps in 34 Tests and 111 ODI wickets in 69 ODIs. He also has 37 scalps in 30 T20Is. He is currently the No. 1 Test bowler. Pat Cummins’ KKR teammates Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier, and Tim Seifert had tested positive for Covid-19 leading to the indefinite postponement of IPL 2020.

Pat Cummins was the most expensive buy in the 2020 IPL Auction after being bagged by KKR for a whopping 15.50 crores. It was back to purple and gold for pacer Pat Cummins who picked 12 wickets in 14 games that included a 4-wicket haul in the 2020 IPL season. He bowled well in IPL 2021 picking 9 scalps in 7 games averaging 26.33 besides scoring 93 runs averaging 31.

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James Anderson Likened Bowling To Marnus Labuschagne As If To “Impress A Girl At A Nightclub”

James Anderson, veteran England seamer dismissed Marnus Labuschagne in a County match and pulled off one of the best one-liners that will leave even one of the most intense MCC members in splits. He likened bowling to the Australian to impress a girl at a nightclub.

James Anderson is not the only one who feels the same way about Marcus Labuschagne. He has been in supreme form and reached his peak here in England back in 2019 Ashes but James Anderson wasn’t there due to an injury.

James Anderson
James Anderson is set to play his fifth Ashes series later this year.© AFP

James Anderson Never Bowled At Marnus Labuschagne Before And Said A Good Impression Should Be Created To Get His Wicket

But James Anderson secretly relished having a go at the Australian batsman and finally, he got his chance when Lancashire took on Glamorgan.

“You want to create a good impression and stamp your authority on that battle. It’s nice to get the first blow in. I’d never bowled at him before,” James Anderson told BBC Podcast ‘Tailenders’.

Then came the punch: “It’s like when you see a girl at a club and you try to play it cool. You want her to be impressed. You start dancing to the Stone Roses while your shoes stick to the floor.”

James Anderson
James Anderson  had Marnus Labuschagne caught behind for 12 during Lancashire’s draw with Glamorgan Getty Images

The 38-year-old James Anderson, who is the highest wicket-taker among fast bowlers in Test cricket, is set to play in his fifth Ashes series come December. James Anderson missed almost all of the last Ashes series in 2019 because of a calf injury, managing only four overs on the first morning of the first Test.

Marnus Labuschagne came into the Australia side as a concussion replacement for Steve Smith midway through the second Test at Lord’s. Since that point, only England captain Joe Root has made more runs in Tests than 26-year-old Marnus Labuschagne.

Marnus Labuschagne Feels For Australian Players Playing In IPL 2021

Marnus Labuschagne has expressed concerns for Australian players who are featuring in the IPL 2021 even as India battles a record surge in daily coronavirus cases. The daily coronavirus count in India touched a new high with over 3.7 lakh fresh cases reported.

A host of Australian cricketers and one match official including Andre Tye, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, and umpire Paul Reiffel have already left IPL 2021. India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has taken a break while umpire Nitin Menon has also left for home after his mother and wife were tested positive for the deadly virus.

“You obviously feel for them,” Labuschagne told Sky Sports. “But I haven’t spoken to too many guys that are feeling unsafe. It’s more about getting back into Australia and what does that look like. I just hope that they stay safe and get back to Australia safely whenever they do.”

Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

A mass exodus of Australian players, coaches, and support staff to the Maldives is the expected remedy to a dilemma created by the postponement of the 2021 IPL and the current closure of the Australian border to citizens currently in India during its rampant Covid-19 outbreak. There are close to 40 Australians in the IPL bubble comprising players, coaching staff, and commentators.

The likes of Pat Cummins, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Ricky Ponting, and Simon Katich are expected to join the commentator Michael Slater, who had already headed to the Maldives as a temporary post in the wake of bans on entry to Australian citizens who have recently been in India, a state of play that will exist until at least May 15.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni
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Simon Katich Terms MS Dhoni As Master Before CSK-RCB Clash In IPL 2021

Simon Katich, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) head coach labeled MS Dhoni as ‘master’ and said that his side has a huge amount of respect for Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

RCB and CSK will be locking horns against each other later on 25th April evening at the Wankhede Stadium. RCB and CSK are currently placed at the top two positions in the IPL points table.

Simon Katich, the RCB head coach | screengrab
Simon Katich, the RCB head coach | screengrab

Simon Katich: MS Dhoni Is A Master And CSK Has A Very Strong Batting Lineup

Chennai Super Kings, the three-time IPL champions are faring well in the 14th edition of the league, as the team is placed second on the table with their three-out-of-four victories so far.

Simon Katich has predicted that the match against CSK is going to be a “great game”, given how the MS Dhoni-led team has managed to bounce back into the tournament. Simon Katich praised CSK’s “damaging” batting line-up but added that RCB bowlers are in good form and are ready to take the challenge.

“Dhoni is a master, isn’t he? They are sitting at the top with three wins, they have had a fantastic start, they have fantastic players, we have a huge amount of respect for CSK, it is going to be great game, we have seen some great games in Mumbai already, ” said Simon Katich.

“CSK has a very damaging batting lineup but we know our bowling lineup has performed well this season,” said Simon Katich in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of RCB.

MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)
MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)

MS Dhoni has amassed 35 runs only in 4 games and will be looking to amend the IPL 2021 average of 11.66 in the next match against table-toppers Royal Challengers Bangalore. He isn’t in a red hot form bearing in mind his age and retirement from international cricket as he is playing only in the IPL.

For CSK, opener Ruturaj Gaikwad returned to form in the last match against KKR scoring 64 while another opener Faf du Plessis scored 95 and remained unbeaten. CSK won their 3rd match on the trot beating Punjab Kings, Rajasthan Royals, and Kolkata Knight Riders in successive games after losing to Delhi Capitals.

Kane Richardson: It Was Good To Be A Part Of The Winning RCB Team

Pacer Kane Richardson who played his first game of the season for RCB against Rajasthan Royals also said that CSK has a fantastic batting lineup so RCB will have their task cut out.

“It was enjoyable to finally play. It has been good watching the boys play in the first three games but it was good to finally get out there and play and be a part of the winning team. I have been rusty myself, it was great,” said Richardson.

Kane Richardson
Kane Richardson. (Image Source: Twitter)

“It all depends on the conditions at the Wankhede. Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad, are in form and they are batting well, so we will come up with some plans to stop them. They have experience throughout their team, they have won a lot of IPLs so it is going to be a really good game,” he added.

RCB has won all their four matches and the side is at the top of the IPL table with eight points. On the other hand, CSK has won three games and lost one in the ongoing edition of the IPL.

In the match scheduled to commence in the afternoon, CSK has drafted spinner Imran Tahir and pace all-rounder Dwayne Bravo as Moeen Ali and Lungi Ngidi miss out. For RCB, all-rounder Daniel Christian and pacer Navdeep Saini get a chance in place of Shahbaz Ahmed and Kane Richardson.

Playing XI:

CSK: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir

RCB: Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers(w), Washington Sundar, Daniel Christian, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

 

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Gautam Gambhir Criticizes RCB For Releasing 10 Players In IPL 2021

Gautam Gambhir, former Indian cricketer has criticized the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise for releasing a plethora of as many as 10 players before the IPL 2021 Auction.

He even sarcastically mentioned that Mike Hesson, Director of Cricket Operations, and head coach Simon Katich not getting axed was the best thing for the franchise.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Gautam Gambhir: Biggest Positive For RCB Is Retention Of Mike Hesson And Simon Katich As The Franchise Released 10 Players

RCB have retained just 12 squad members before the IPL 2021 auction and let go of 10 players. The release list includes recently-retired Parthiv Patel and Dale Steyn, who opted out of the upcoming edition of the cash-rich league. During a discussion on the Star Sports show Cricket Connected, Gautam Gambhir was asked if it was a fair call by RCB to release an injury-prone Chris Morris. The Bengaluru-based franchise could utilize the extra budget to bring in someone like Cameron Green.

Simon Katich and Mike Hesson
Simon Katich and Mike Hesson-Image Credit: IPL.

The former Indian opener responded by pointing out that although Cameron Green has shown early promise, he cannot match the South African all-rounder’s experience. He also suggested that Mike Hesson and Simon Katich were probably lucky to retain their jobs, considering the franchise’s past record.

“The biggest positive for RCB is that they have retained Mike Hesson and Simon Katich because I even had a doubt that they might release them as well. I don’t think Cameron Green has the experience of Chris Morris. Yes, you might have seen Cameron Green bowling at 135-140 kph but IPL is a completely different beast,” said Gambhir.

RCB released Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Aaron Finch, Chris Morris, Pavan Negi, Parthiv Patel (retired), Dale Steyn (unavailable), Isuru Udana, Umesh Yadav from their IPL 2020 squad before IPL 2021.

Gautam Gambhir: RCB Should Have Stayed With Chris Morris For Another Year Working On His Fitness

Gautam Gambhir was further asked for his opinion whether it would have been okay for RCB to risk ₹10 crores on Chris Morris, considering his track record with injuries. Chris Morris scored 34 runs and took 11 wickets in 9 matches after being bought by RCB in IPL 2020 from Delhi Capitals.

The southpaw replied he would have preferred RCB to go that route and stick with the 33-year-old all-rounder for another year or so as there won’t be too many all-rounders available at the auction.

“For me, it would have been correct because you will not have an all-rounder like Chris Morris available in the market. How many like him do you have – Ben Stokes, Hardik Pandya and the franchises will never release these players. So, they could have stayed with Chris Morris for one more year and worked on his fitness,” observed Gambhir.

Chris Morris
Chris Morris. Photo Credit: IPL

The left-hander even cited the example of the injury-prone Andre Russell, whom the Kolkata Knight Riders had backed when he was the franchise’s skipper.

“I remember when I was in KKR, we used to play extra attention to the fitness of players like Andre Russell because many times his body was also very fragile.

“So, they could have spoken to Chris Morris that he needs to keep himself fit and could have given him one more year. Now if you have let him go and think that you will get a replacement for him, I doubt it,” added Gambhir.

Gautam Gambhir agreed with RCB’s decision to release Aaron Finch because of the Australian’s indifferent performances in IPL 2020 where he scored only 268 runs in 12 games averaging only 22.33.

“You can understand Aaron Finch because he was an expensive buy and you had given him a long run and he could not do much as well,” said Gambhir.

Gambhir signed off by stating that Australians and Mitchell Starc could be the players RCB might be targeting at the IPL 2021 Auction.

“According to me, RCB will go for Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc because of the form Glenn Maxwell has had at the Chinnaswamy stadium, he can hurt the opposition. They might see towards Mitchell Starc as he has played for them previously. This could be the reason but an all-rounder like Chris Morris is not available in the market,” concluded Gautam Gambhir.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore might have taken a prudent hasty decision to release all-rounder Chris Morris, considering his huge price tag and injury concerns. They have the option of buying him back though, probably at a cheaper price, if they desire to do so with Right To Match card.

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Yuzvendra Chahal. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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IPL 2020: Yuzvendra Chahal Takes Chess Knowledge And Tactical Thinking Into His Cricket – Mike Hesson

Yuzvendra Chahal takes knowledge of chess and tactically thinking into his cricket as he executes plans accordingly says, Mike Hesson. RCB bowed out of IPL 2020 on Friday, as the side suffered a 6 wicket loss against SunRisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator. The side had finished the group stage at the fourth spot with 14 points from 14 matches with 7 wins and as many losses.

Mike Hesson, Director of Cricket, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Saturday praised leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, saying that the spinner knows how to take wickets of the batsmen of opposing teams.

Mike Hesson
Mike Hesson (Image Credit: Google)

Yuzvendra Chahal Executes Perfectly As He Takes Knowledge And Tactical Thinking As A Chess Player Into Cricket: Mike Hesson

RCB bowed out of IPL 2020, as the side suffered a loss against SunRisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator by 6 wickets. The side had finished the group stage at the fourth spot with 14 points from 14 matches with 7 wins and as many losses and edged out Kolkata to reach playoffs based on superior run rate.

“I think the way he reads the game, he is a very smart player, everyone knows he is a chess player. He takes that knowledge and tactical thinking into his cricket. He knows when to attack the stumps, he knows when to bowl wide off the stumps when batters are looking to attack him. He understands his game and more importantly he is able to execute.

“This year, we certainly tried to use him as an attacking option, getting 21 wickets for a leg-spinner was very good,” said Mike Hesson during a virtual press conference.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal Image Credit: Getty Images.

Yuzvendra Chahal took 21 wickets from 15 matches averaging 19.28 at an economy rate of 7.08 and is 4th among leading wicket-takers and leads among spinners followed by Rashid Khan who has 19 wickets, Varun Chakravarthy who has 17 wickets and Rahul Chahar who has 15 wickets besides their names as spinners.

Yuzvendra Chahal Part Of Leadership Group: Simon Katich

RCB head coach Simon Katich also said that Yuzvendra Chahal was a part of the leadership group of the side and he played a big role in mentoring the spinners like Pawan Negi and Shahbaz Ahmed.

Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar. Image Credit: IPL.

“We made a decision early on, we looked at who was in our squad and who has the experience, we realised that someone like Chahal has not had the exposure of being in the leadership group, we were keen on getting Chahal included in that, his inputs were outstanding especially around the young spinners, obviously Washington Sundar played a big role.

“With Shahbaz and Negi in the squad, Yuzvendra Chahal had a big role in mentoring them, hopefully, he is going to carry on for many years to come,” said Katich.

Devdutt Padikkal who debuted in IPL 2020 was the leading run-scorer for RCB as he finished with 473 runs while Yuzvendra Chahal took 21 wickets for his side. Virat Kohli finished 2nd best finishing 7 runs short of debutant Devdutt Padikkal.

Among spinners, Washington Sundar picked 8 wickets from 15 matches averaging above 35, but his economy rate of 5.96 was 3rd best. Shahbaz Ahmed picked 2 wickets from as many matches averaging 22. Pawan Negi didn’t get a game whereas overseas recruit Australian spinner Adam Zampa picked 2 wickets in 3 matches.

The Virat Kohli-led side struggled to score runs at a brisk pace during the middle phase of the innings as the likes of Virat Kohli tried to build the innings as Aaron Finch and Moeen Ali failed with the bat, and this was apparently one major reason for RCB losing its last five consecutive matches this season.

Virat Kohli Didn't Quite Match His Own High Standards With Bat, Says Sunil Gavaskar
Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Twitter.
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IPL 2020: Virat Kohli’s Slow Strike-Rate Defended By Simon Katich

Virat Kohli finished with 466 runs from 15 matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore after they were eliminated in the playoffs. Still, his below-par strike rate of 121.35 was seen as a concern and was criticized by experts as the skipper struggled to get going especially in the middle overs, more often than not in the UAE.

Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach Simon Katich, however, defended Virat Kohli’s slow approach in the middle overs at IPL 2020, saying that it’s unfair to judge the talismanic skipper based on numbers alone and RCB’s middle-order failure resulted in Virat Kohli’s slow strike rate as he tried to build the innings rather than playing aggressively.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: IPL)

Virat Kohli’s Slow Strike Rate Defended By Coach Simon Katich

Virat Kohli finished as the second-highest run-getter for RCB at IPL 2020 with 466 runs from 15 matches averaging 42.36 which was only 7 runs behind young opener debutant Devdutt Padikkal who scored 473 runs averaging 31.53. However, Virat Kohli’s strike rate of 121.35 was below considering his high standards. The RCB captain often struggled to get going in the middle-overs as the likes of Moeen Ali and Aaron Finch failed with the bat as RCB had the lowest scoring rate among the 8 teams in the said period.

However, Simon Katich defended Virat Kohli, saying the RCB captain’s approach was a byproduct of the situation he found himself in batting at No. 3 with wickets falling around him, more often than not. Simon Katich pointed out that Virat Kohli was at his best when he hit an unbeaten 90 against Chennai Super Kings.

Still, it was not easy to walk in after the powerplay and build an innings, especially after the pitches slowed down in the UAE towards the later half of their campaign.

“Look, from the batting perspective, we did have consistent opening partnerships between Finch and Padikkal even though Finch not getting the volume of runs that he would have hoped for, we actually did get solid opening partnerships. That’s an area of concern we wanted to address,” Simon Katich said.

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal. Photo Credit: Twitter.

“We got that, as a by product of that, Virat came into bat after the powerplay which is never an easy time to start your innings, particularly in the UAE, particularly late in the tournament with the pitches getting slower. That was a challenge for him,” Katich told the press on Saturday.

AB De Villiers on the other hand had a strike rate of 158.74 and scored 454 runs in 15 matches averaging 45.4 while others like Aaron Finch failed scoring only 268 runs in 12 matches averaging a below par 22.33. No other batsman apart from the trio of Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers were in top 25 of leading run scorers which sums up their batting failure as a unit.

Virat Kohli’s Class Was Shown Against Chennai: Simon Katich

Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 90 against Chennai Super Kings off 52 balls including 4 boundaries and as many sixes. In that match he had a strike rate of 173.07 which wasn’t met and was substandard in the other matches. RCB won 7 and lost 7 matches in group stage before qualifying for playoffs due to better run rate.

“We saw the class of Virat in the game against Chennai. But a number of times, the game situation did not help where he looked like he was well on top of the bowling but we would lose wickets at the crucial time and that would sort of slow his progress.”

Simon Katich
Simon Katich

“You can judge him purely by the numbers. There were a number of games where he looked right at ease but unfortunately we got stalled at times,” Simon Katich concluded.

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s quest to win their maiden IPL title came to an end as they were handed a six-wicket defeat by SunRisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator at Abu Dhabi on Friday. RCB were clearly struggling as they lost their last 5 matches before crashing out of the competition in the UAE.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore. Image Credit - IPL.
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IPL 2020: We Did Too Much Changes Like Past, Says Simon Katich Following RCB’s Ouster

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) head coach Simon Katich stated that the side lost the momentum from the 10th game of the league stage. According to him, the batting unit, which was looking great at the beginning of the tournament, faded at the end become a major concern for them.

RCB had a promising start to the tournament. With Devdutt Padikkal taking the command from the opening position and Yuzvendra Chahal and other bowlers chipping in, it looked like they found the perfect balance this season. But Virat Kohli’s poor form and middle-order batsmen being unproductive, they had a fag end. Once leading the points table, RCB lost four games on a trot before losing in the eliminator.

Simon Katich also feels the same that RCB lost track in the last four games. He points that especially, and the batting department had a downfall.

“We felt we were on track till the 10-game mark heading into the last four block of games. Looking back, we think we ran out of a bit of steam probably with the bat and that’s one area that faded a bit after a really good start to the tournament,” Katich said.

Royal Challengers Bangalore was knocked out of the tournament after their disappointing performance against SunRisers Hyderabad in the eliminator. With Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal losing their wickets early, they managed to set up an undaunting target of 131 runs.

Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, IPL 2019, Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Image Credit: IPL/BCCI.

The bowlers didn’t have much to defend, but Mohammed Siraj gave two early breakthroughs, picking the wickets of Shreevats Goswami and David Warner, setting the momentum for RCB.

The leg-spinners Adam Zampa and Yuzvendra Chahal put pressure on SRH by bowling dot balls. As a result, the game went to last over. Navdeep Saini needed to defend nine runs, but Jason Holder hit back to back boundaries to secure the place in the second qualifier for them.

Simon Katich credits SRH’s bowlers for taking a toll on RCB’s batsman and restricting them to a below-par total. Being disappointed, he believes that if Bangalore had 150 runs total, results would have been different.

“Credit to Sunrisers, they squeezed us beautifully and then we were always playing catch-up. We felt if we could get 150, we could be in the game with two leggies (Yuzvendra Chahal and Adam Zampa) in the team.

“The wicket was slow and offering a bit of turn. To stack our batting and get 130 was disappointing,” the former Australian cricketer said.

We Did Too Many Changes Like Past: Simon Katich

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As Aaron Finch could not give a good base, several changes were made at the top to find a settled combination. In the eliminator, Virat Kohli had to open with Padikkal, but it backfired. Simon Katich believes that they had done too many changes to find the perfect combination.

“Aaron Finch didn’t get dropped till the 11th game. In terms of settled combination, we did do that for the first 10 games and unfortunately, Finchy didn’t get the runs we expected.
“Josh Phillippe came in, got an opportunity and going into play-offs we thought Virat will open and unfortunately, it didn’t work. We didn’t chop and change too much like in the past and the only changes were forced one due to form,” he said in defense.
Simon Katich reckons Devdutt Padikkal to be a great find of this season for them. The youngster scored five half-centuries and amassed 473 runs in 15 matches. Apart from him, the head coach also applauded Washington Sundar and Mohammed Siraj bowling efforts. He is hopeful that in the next season, they come with a batter game.
“A great sign for the future is Devdutt Padikkal. He was magnificent at the top of the order. It is a tough job for a young man in his first season. He played some great knocks to set us up. With the ball, Washington Sundar did a great job for us. (Mohammed) Siraj showed some good signs with the new ball at the back-end. Hopefully, they will all get better during the next season.”
Meanwhile, SRH, after defeating RCB, will take on DC on November 8 in the second qualifier. The winning team will enter the grand-finale and will face Mumbai Indians.
Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj. Image Credit: IPL.
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IPL 2020: Couldn’t Have Asked For A Better Job, Says RCB Head Coach Simon Katich

After Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) got better off Kolkata Knight Riders, their head coach Simon Katich heaped praise on overall team effort. He stated that RCB’s performance was ruthless and he couldn’t have asked better than this.

With Mohammed Siraj’s outstanding bowling, RCB restricted KKR for 84 runs in 20 overs. It was a below-par target for a team like RCB which has the likes of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in their batting line up. And eventually, the Bangalore-based franchise won the match by eight wickets.

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj. Image Credit: IPL.

While speaking in the video posted by RCB on their official social media handles, Simon Katich expressed that he was delighted with his team’s performance. He stated that the execution from bowlers was spot on. With Chris Morris setting the tone in the very first over, Siraj murdered KKR’s top-order.

“Yeah! I am very happy. I think the boys deserved a lot of credit for the execution and we were all on the money right from the word go. Our bowlers set up the game in the first couple of overs. (Chris) Morris started off well and then (Mohammed) Siraj backed him up,” Simon Katich said. 

Simon Katich applauded Siraj’s excellent bowling. According to him, the pacer’s double-wicket maiden over had set the tone for RCB while KKR went on the back foot.

“Siraj’s two wickets in the second over put the opposition on the back foot and then another couple in the Powerplay. There was no coming back then. It was a ruthless performance.

This was a big game: Simon Katich

Simon Katich
RCB. Image Credit: IPL.

Seeing the competition for the spot in the top four in the points table, Katich said that it was important for RCB to win the match against KKR. He said that the key to success was that the team focused on the process rather than pondering over results. The head coach added that he could have asked for better performance from his side.

“This was a big game. We had a little break before and given the way the table is, if this game would have gone the other way, then we are both equal. So we made sure to focus just on the process and the result took care of itself. The players deserved a lot of credit because I couldn’t have asked for a better job with the ball,” the coach added.

Currently, RCB is at the number second position in the points table with winning seven matches out of 10. Their next assignment is against Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.

Virat Kohli Didn't Quite Match His Own High Standards With Bat, Says Sunil Gavaskar
Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Twitter.
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IPL 2020: Mike Hesson Hails Virat Kohli For Leading From The Front

Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 90 and was praised by Mike Hesson, who is the Director of Cricket at Royal Challengers Bangalore who remarked that cricket fraternity saw RCB skipper Virat Kohli at his very best in IPL 2020. CSK failed to chase down the target of 170 as they could manage only 132/8 in stipulated 20 overs handing RCB a 37 run win.

RCB managed to score a respectable 169/4 in stipulated 20 overs despite struggling at 93/4 in the 15th over. Virat Kohli and Shivam Dube had an unbeaten partnership of 76 runs for the 5th wicket coming in less than six overs.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: IPL)

Virat Kohli Had An Outstanding Classy Innings And Stood Up When Needed Most: Mike Hesson & Simon Katich

RCB scored 169/4 after Devdutt Padikkal scored 33 and Virat Kohli top scored with 90. In the end there was a little cameo from Shivam Dube who scored 22 off only 14 balls. Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube were sent ahead of Chris Morris who was playing his first match for RCB in IPL 2020. Aaron Finch and AB de Villiers failed to score double-digit runs.

“A couple of partnerships at the other end but we saw Virat at his very best, that was an outstanding innings. It shows the value of having a set batsman, we have always talked about one of our top four being there to own those last five overs. It just showed what a class player Virat is. There is a lot of class there,” Hesson said in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of RCB.

Simon Katich and Mike Hesson, RCB IPL, UAE
Simon Katich and Mike Hesson. Photo Credit: Twitter.

“Virat stood up when we needed him the post, we knew the wicket was a bit slower as compared to the previous ones, so getting to 160 odd was a magnificent effort and Virat deserves a lot of effort not for his class and also the support he got at the other end from Sundar and Dube,” Katich said.

In reply, CSK scored 132/8 after Ambati Rayudu top scored with 42 and N Jagadeesan scored 33 but the other batsmen including in form Shane Watson and Faf Du Plessis along with skipper MS Dhoni failed to score beyond 15.

Chris Morris Shines In His First Game For RCB Against CSK

Chris Morris picked three wickets conceding only 19 runs while Washington Sundar picked 2/16 in three overs. Navdeep Saini was wicketless but conceded only 18 runs in four overs. Yuzvendra Chahal and Isuru Udana picked one wicket each.

Chris Morris
Chris Morris. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

“We know Washington Sundar has been great in the powerplay, for him to come later in the powerplay and take those two big wickets, it really set us up,” Katich added.

With the win against CSK, RCB are now at the 4th position in points table from six matches with four wins and two losses and having eight points whereas CSK are placed 6th with two wins and five losses from seven matches having four points.

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