March 8, 2010

IPL 3.0 Royally Challenged Bangalore

Royals Challengers Bengalooru ,owned by none other than Dr.Mallya was a much hyped team during the first edition of IPL and they went down begging.There were talks that their team was more of a 'Test' team rather than 20-20. None of them really clicked in that edition which really irked Mallya.There were some problems in their management and the coaches were replaced . Dravid stepped down from captaincy and the Jumbo took up the challenge.The only good thing about them in the first edition was their cheer group. They were the underdogs in the second edition but they proved they weren't. They were the runners-up in the second edition. They surely made Mallya one the happiest men 0n the planet. This time also they are looking really good.I am sure the team managers are gonna have a hell of a time finalizing the playing XI. They have bought Eoin Morgan , whos the shining star for the Poms at the moment. With aggressive batting and excellent fielding , he is surely to be watched out for in this edition.

Anil Kumble (Captain),Kevin Pietersen,Rahul Dravid,Jesse Ryder,Virat Kohli,Ross Taylor,Cameron White,Jacques Kallis,Manish Pandey,Robin Uthappa,Wasim Jaffer,Eoin Morgan,Mark Boucher (WK),Roelof van der Merwe,Dillon Du Preez,Dale Steyn,Ashok Menaria,Sunil Joshi,K P Appanna,J ArunKumar,Devraj Patil (WK),B Akhil,Bharat Chipli,Tinu Yohanan,Saurav Bendekar,Gaurav Dhiman,Jitendra Patil,Udit Patel,Rohit Sabharwal (WK),Ishank Jaggi,Rajesh Bishnoi,Raju,Bhatkal,Gautam.C.M,Kedar Jadhav,Mithun.A,Karan Sharma,Aravind S,Bhuvanesh Kumar
Praveen Kumar,Vinay Kumar,Pankaj Singh,Suteesh R,Srivats Goswami (WK)

They have definete match winners in their side who can win the game single handedly.Their local players are doing good too. So its gonna be interesting watching them play.Kumble being their captain is surely their strength.

They had some communication problems in the first edition and they did not coordinate together . It looked like it was all sorted out last time . So, I don't see any weakness anymore.

WATCH OUT FOR : Robin Uthappa's last chance to prove himself to the Indian selectors. Manish Pandey would try to create some magic too. Ross Taylor, though entering only during the later half, would be a great boost . *Eoin Morgan* Period! Dale Steyn who ripped apart the Indian batting in the test series is sure to have a go at the oppositions this time . Cameron White is having the time of his life.

  • Robin Uthappa*
  • Manish Pandey
  • Rahul Dravid
  • Jaques Kallis
  • Virat Kohli
  • Eoin Morgan
  • Van De Merwe
  • Goswami*
  • Praveen Kumar
  • Anil Kumble©
  • Dale Steyn

WAH'S SAY : This team looks really really strong. Very difficult to pick a definite xi, excellent bench strength. Goswami may don the gloves or Robin and Rosco/White could play. Not to forget KP! *wow* If they have a little bit of luck factor going their way , its gonna rain beer @ Bengalooru : Cheers!

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