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Team composition will be the key: Charu Sharma, CEO Bangalor Charu Sharma, the CEO-designate of the Bangalore IPL team, on the eve of the players' auction says that nothing more was important than the team composition, reports G.Krishnan More... G. Krishnan, Hindustan Times Mumbai, February 20, 2008 First Published: 09:52 IST(20/2/2008) Last Updated: 09:56 IST(20/2/2008) Charu Sharma, the CEO-designate of the Bangalore IPL team, said here on Tuesday, the eve of the players' auction that nothing more was important than the team composition. While Delhi and Chennai have already named their teams as Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super Kings respectively, the Bangalore team is not in any such hurry. "We have got a fair amount of work to be done in getting the team in place first," Sharma told HT here. "There has to be some kind of strategy involved. Nothing is more important than the team composition. We have left it (naming of the team) until after the auction. Everything will fall in place gradually after the auction." Sharma will represent the Bangalore Franchise in the Auction Room on Wednesday. IPL and ICC should go together Former International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee and England captain, Raman Subba Row said that the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the ICC should go in the same direction. Asked about his views on the IPL, the 76-year-old related it with the Kerry Packer Series in its nascent stage. He told HT here on Tuesday: "When Kerry Packer started his series in 1977, we (Doug Insole, the then chairman of Test and County Cricket Club, as the ECB was known then, and himself) were reluctant to meet him. But when we met him, we found out that he never wanted to take over cricket. "The Australian Cricket Board (as Cricket Australia was known then) and the world governing body, the International Cricket Conference (as ICC was then known) did not like the idea of us meeting Packer. After four tough months when we were being looked at as traitors, ICC jumped into the bed with the Packer series." Row, an admirer of the traditional form of cricket, said: "I don't know how IPL will come out but you cannot have cricket in bits and pieces. It has to go in one direction along with the ICC."

Royal Challengers Bangalore

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Coach: Ray Jennings Captain: Rahul Dravid Colours: Red and Golden Yellow Founded: 2008 Home Ground: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium Capacity: 55,000 Owner: UB Group CEO: Brijesh Patel Official Website:

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Squad 2009-10 [table="head]No| Player| Category| Cost-US$| Country 19| Rahul Dravid| Batsman ©| $1,035,000| India 09| Mark Boucher| Batsman/WK| $450,000| South Africa 06| S. Chanderpaul| Batsman| $200,000| West Indies 07| Wasim Jaffer| Batsman| $150,000| India 27| Bharat Chipli| Batsman| $50,000| India 66| Devraj Patil | Batsman| $50,000| India 21| Ross Taylor| Batsman| $100,000| New Zealand 36| S.Goswami| Batsman/WK| $30,000| India 03| Jacques Kallis| All Rounder| $900,000| South Africa 05| Virat Kohli| All Rounder| $300,000| India 10| Anil Kumble| Bowler| $500,000| India 13| Nathan Bracken| Bowler| $325,000| Australia 02| Dale Steyn| Bowler| $325,000| South Africa 18| Cameron White| Bowler| $500,000| Australia 77| B.Akhil| Bowler| $50,000| India 03| KP Appanna| Bowler| $50,000| India 14| J.Arunkumar| Bowler| $50,000| India 24| Sunil Joshi| Bowler| $50,000| India 23| Ranganath Kumar| Bowler| $50,000| India 08| Praveen Kumar| Bowler| $300,000| India 41| Abdur Razzak| Bowler| $120,000| Bangladesh -| Robin Utthappa| Batsman| Swap| India -| Kevin Pietersen| Batsman| $1,550,000| England -|Jesse Ryder| Batsman| $160,000| New Zealand [/table]

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god save the bangalore team.... i have always found him to be pretty dumb' date=' cricket knowledge wise...[/quote'] Exactly. And look at the team Bangalore has chosen, so far: Rahul Dravid (icon), Anil Kumble (US$ 500,000), Jacques Kallis (US$ 900,000), Zaheer Khan (US$ 450,000), Mark Boucher (US$ 450,000), Cameron White (US$ 500,000), Wasim Jaffer (US$ 150,000), Dale Steyn (US$ 325,000), Nathan Bracken (US$ 325,000) Did Charu forget that IPL is a T20 tournament??:omg:

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Exactly. And look at the team Bangalore has chosen, so far: Rahul Dravid (icon), Anil Kumble (US$ 500,000), Jacques Kallis (US$ 900,000), Zaheer Khan (US$ 450,000), Mark Boucher (US$ 450,000), Cameron White (US$ 500,000), Wasim Jaffer (US$ 150,000), Dale Steyn (US$ 325,000), Nathan Bracken (US$ 325,000) Did Charu forget that IPL is a T20 tournament??:omg:
apart from kalliz and jaffer.. and to some extent kumble.. all other seem to be good Twenty20 playerz.. cam white is pretty good.. bracket and steyn as bowlerz.. Dravid offcourse he is teh captain, so he would play

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Cricket: Crowe takes up coaching role in Bangalore Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe has joined the management structure of the Bangalore Royal Challengers, one of eight franchises contesting the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket competition.Crowe, whose... More... 1:22PM Friday February 22, 2008 By Chris Barclay crowe100.jpg Matrin Crowe. Photo / Getty Images Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe has joined the management structure of the Bangalore Royal Challengers, one of eight franchises contesting the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket competition. Crowe, whose Cricket Max concept in 1996 was a forerunner to the burgeoning Twenty20 format, joins a high profile list of foreign support staff connected to the IPL, which starts on April 18. Former Australian coach John Buchanan and compatriot, former test allrounder Tom Moody, had already been appointed to coach Kolkata and Mohali respectively. Crowe's primarily role will be marketing the franchise as a "figurehead". India's current bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad - the former international that masterminded India's successful campaign at the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa last September - will have more of a hands-on role. "My job is more of marketing, a figurehead role though I'll probably working closely with Rahul (Dravid) on strategies and how to get the best out of the team," Crowe told the BSport radio network. Crowe was promoted as a useful acquisition by former Australian captain Greg Chappell, who is based in India. "It's a bit of a shock,' said Crowe who was delighted to be considered. "I've always had a thing about the third generation game with Cricket Max and now Twenty20, I'm pretty excited about it." While the player auction was transparent, with each of 78 players' eventual price tag public knowledge, Crowe would not be drawn on his financial package other than to say "it's very good". It included incentives should the Bangalore progress to the yet-to-be determined Champions League - a competition featuring the leading teams from rival Twenty20 tournaments. Crowe likely piqued Bangalore's interest due to his reputation as a cricket innovator and intuitive thinker. As captain he was a prime mover behind New Zealand's surprising march to the 1992 World Cup semifinals, pushing for Mark Greatbatch to open the innings while spinner Dipak Patel caught opponents napping with the new ball. The Bangalore franchise is lead by designated "icon" Rahul Dravid. The batting line-up also features Wasim Jaffer, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Jacques Kallis. Dale Steyn, Zaheer Khan and Nathan Bracken form the basis of the bowling attack. Crowe said he was disappointed Bangalore missed out on Styris, who headed to Hyderabad for ($221,406) a year for three seasons. "I'm disappointed we didn't get Scotty, I thought we could have gone up to $250,000 for him." Instead Australian allrounder Cameron White nabbed the allrounder's spot for US$500,00 - one of the surprising outcomes of Wednesday's US$40 million cash grab. White, the Victorian captain, has played just one Twenty20 international for Australia. Crowe said the auction was often difficult to comprehend. "Some of it was hard to fathom. Someone like (Australian captain Ricky) Ponting going for US$400,000 and David Hussey (Western Australia), who we haven't really seen, goes for a lot more (US$675,000)."

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Dravid satisfied with Bangalore squad Rahul Dravid has said that he was happy with the players the Bangalore franchise had procured in the IPL auction, adding that his side had the players who can handle pressure. More... Ajay S Shankar February 22, 2008 251985.jpg Rahul Dravid: "We have players who have played under pressure" © AFP Rahul Dravid is pleased with the players the Bangalore franchise had procured in the IPL auction, and believes his side has the players who can handle pressure. Dravid, the icon for the Bangalore Royal Challengers, played down the talk of his side not buying any big names. "This is an erroneous perception," he told Cricinfo. "The quality of Indian and international players in our team speak for themselves. They may not be glamorous in the areas people typically judge them by, but in terms of cricket they are fantastic and at the end of the day this is a cricket tournament and cricket is what is important. "We are fortunate to have such great players in the side. With them in the squad, we will get so much more experience and ability." Unlike the others, the Bangalore franchise preferred innings builders, like Jacques Kallis, Wasim Jaffer and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, to aggressors. "We have players who have played under pressure," Dravid said, "and therefore are confident that under similar circumstances in the Twenty20 matches, they will perform exceedingly well." Although the franchise bought Anil Kumble, they failed in their bid to purchase Robin Uthappa, another Bangalore-based playing for India. Uthappa, who was bought by the Mumbai franchise for a whopping US$800,000, would have not only provided a balance to Bangalore's batting line-up but his purchase would have helped fill up one slot among the four catchment area players. "As a Bangalore player, I obviously would have liked to have had Robin, who is from our catchment area, in the team," Dravid said. "However, in an auction where there are rules and restrictions, it is not always possible to get every player one wants. "In fact none of the teams were able to get all the players they would have liked to. However, having said that I would like to add that I am excited with the team we have got." On the potentially match-winning bowling attack that his team has lined up - Dale Steyn, Nathan Bracken, Zaheer Khan and Anil Kumble, Dravid said, "The idea was to have a good balance, which is very important for the tournament." Dravid said Australian allrounder Cameron White, whom Bangalore bought for US$500,000 at the IPL auction, was an "exciting" addition. "I think people are getting a bit confused by the price aspect. It's just reflective of the current situation in cricket and what people want. White is a very exciting Twenty20 player and his domestic record [with two Twenty20 hundreds]in Australia is phenomenal. He was always on our wishlist." Asked whether he viewed the 44-day Twenty20 tournament starting in April 18 as a platform to stage a comeback into the India one-day team, Dravid said: "I am not looking at this that way. To be honest, this is something new for all of us. There are so many things you want to experience as a player. Personally, I have seen and experienced a lot over the last 12 years [in international cricket]. Now, I am just so glad that at this point of my career, I will be a part of this new experience." Dravid didn't want to divulge much about the strategies that his side were planning to adopt during the 44-day tournament, set to start on April 18. "It is still too early for me to comment on this. At the moment I am focused on getting fit after my finger injury and preparing for the Test matches against South Africa."

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Bangalore is betting everything on its bowling, with Bracken, Steyn, Zaheer and Kumble...I am not sure if they will be able to put up enough on the scoreboard, pretty poor batting lineup for T20...definitely acknowledged by most as one of the weaker sides.

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Only totally useless pick in the Bangalore team is Jaffer and to some extent Kumble. Surprised they didn't offer Jaffer to mumbai for free. Chennai picked up Joginder and dropthiv (who hopefully won't keep) which isn't much worse.

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Praveen Kumar for the Bangalore Challengers The confusion surrounding Praveen Kumar, the Uttar Pradesh allrounder, has been put to rest with the player confirming that he was joining the Bangalore Royal Challengers for the forthcoming Indian Premier League. More... Cricinfo staff February 23, 2008 The confusion surrounding Praveen Kumar, the Uttar Pradesh allrounder, has been put to rest with the player confirming that he was joining the Bangalore Royal Challengers for the forthcoming Indian Premier League. Both Delhi and Bangalore had claimed they had snapped Kumar but he clarified to Cricinfo that he would join Bangalore franchise for US$ 300,000. Rajeev Shukla, a vice-president of the Indian board, had said Kumar was to join the Delhi Daredevils but TA Sekar, the cricket operations manager for the Delhi franchise, also confirmed the same. It is learnt that Kumar was first signed up by Bangalore before Delhi entered the picture with a bigger offer. The Bangalore franchise objected and raised a complaint with the IPL governing council. The IPL then stepped in and said that the initial agreement had to be upheld and Bangalore decided to match Delhi's price and rope in Kumar. Kumar is currently part of India's one-day squad that's taking part in the CB Series in Australia. He was the only member of the squad not part of the 77 players included in the IPL pool. Kumar's stocks rose after his fine domestic performances this season and the fact that he fell in the Under-22 category added to his demand.

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For someone who hasn't played much limited overs cricket even in the domestic scene, I find it extremely strange that Jaffer was actually put on the IPL roster. Other than Jaffer, the B'lore team looks pretty competitive though it does appear to be the weakest of the lot. I, for one was very impressed with the Mohali team as the auction progressed. For B'lore, Cameron White is a bargain at $500k and I think this guy will be a huge success.

possible rest of the team J. Arun Kumar R. Vinay Kumar B Akhil Bharat Chipli, Devraj Patil, Manish Pandey, Sourav Tiwari K.P. Appanna
Arun Kumar must look forward to his retired life now. With his all-round skills, Raghu would be a good choice. Same goes for Akhil. Hope to see some Goans in the team as well.

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Bharat Chipli and Vinay Kumar are doing their IPL chances no harm with their performances in the Ranji ODIs. I would go with the following five players from the catchment area: Bharat Chipli Vinay Kumar C. Raghu Aiyappa Ajay Ratra: Plays for Goa now. A back-up for Boucher is a must since he is sure to be off on SA suty. A good chance for Ratra to get noticed. If Kapugedera is available, he's a good value purchase! He's sure to fetch a lot more when traded during next season.

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Bangalore snap up Misbah-ul-Haq Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan batsman, and Indian Under-19 World Cup winning captain Virat Kohli have been bought by the Bangalore Royal Challengers in the second round of the Indian Premier League player auction in Mumbai today. More... Indian Premier League auctions, second round Bangalore snap up Misbah-ul-Haq Cricinfo staff March 11, 2008 Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan batsman, and India's Under-19 World Cup-winning captain Virat Kohli have been bought by the Bangalore Royal Challengers in the second round of the Indian Premier League's player auction in Mumbai on Tuesday. Dimitri Mascarenhas, the England allrounder, was signed on by the Jaipur franchise, making him the first England player to be auctioned at the IPL. There had been a question mark over the participation of English players - excluded from the first round of the auction - in the IPL season, as it overlaps with the beginning of the county season. However, his county, Hampshire, has said it will give Mascarenhas the necessary no-objection certificate. The Jaipur franchise also signed up South African fast bowler Morne Morkel, Australian allrounder Shane Watson, Pakistan left-arm fast bowler Sohail Tanvir and a couple of Indian U-19 players in Taruwar Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja. The Kolkata franchise, now named the Kolkata Knight Riders, has bought two Pakistanis - Salman Butt and Mohammad Hafeez - and two U-19 players in Siddarth Kaul and Iqbal Abdulla. The Australians James Hopes and Luke Pomersbach, have been bought by the Mohali franchise, in addition to two U-19 players in Tanmay Srivastava and Ajitesh Argal. Pradeep Sangwan, the left-arm seamer who impressed in his debut Ranji Trophy season and at the U-19 World Cup, will represent the Delhi Daredevils. Bangalore also signed up Bangladesh left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak and Indian U-19 wicketkeeper Shreevats Goswami.

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IPL : 'You need to treat this as a scientific project' Martin Crowe, the chief cricketing officer of the Royal Challengers, speaks about his team's plans and its core values. More... Indian Premier League 'You need to treat this as a scientific project' Sriram Veera March 12, 2008 Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe has a new role. He's now the Chief Cricket Officer of the Bangalore Royal Challengers and will work with modern legends like Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid and Mark Boucher. He speaks to Cricinfo about his team's plans and its core values. 281915.jpgMartin Crowe: "You won't see us play a wham-bam kind of play, you will see an intelligent and well-organised kind of cricket" © Getty Images The Bangalore team is perceived to be full of people who are more conducive to Test cricket than Twenty20. What's your take? There is a propensity for the perception that we are here to play five-day cricket! To me, they are very classy, stylish, intelligent cricketers. There are no egos, no controversies surrounding them. They are going to be very solid citizens and it's the kind of players we want our group to be represented by. This is the Twenty20 royal team of the championship. We are going to behave like that, play like that and that describes the bunch we have. So has the way you play influenced the branding or has the branding influenced your planned style of play It starts with the name: Royal Challengers. It's a very regal term and I am sure it was by design the kind of people we chose for the team. Rahul had the vision, he wanted this sort of player and that's why he asked me to come in with this kind of role. You won't see us play wham-bam cricket, you will see an intelligent and well-organised kind of cricket. My role will be to help the youngsters think out of the square and fit in with the vision. It's a branding exercise, it's a marketing exercise and people have to come in to watch not a region but a city franchise. I will be the intermediary between sponsors, team and the fans. What exactly is your job description? I am the chief cricket officer which means I am sort of overseeing the way the team is operating in terms of its thinking, how it can win the tournament and how can it connect with its fan. So it will involve marketing and branding as well. I will work closely with Rahul Dravid in putting strategies in place. It's a group of varied people coming together for the first time and trying to play consistent cricket to win 14 games and qualify for the play-offs. You said your job will involve marketing. Can you elaborate? This is a new exciting concept with a city franchise and not only we want to connect this group of players with the local fans but we want the Royal Challengers to be known all throughout India as a side that is intelligent, classy, stylish and calculated. That will be our brand core. I will be the intermediary between the franchise as a whole, the team and the message from the team to the fans as to how we want them to embrace us. What can a coach do in a Twenty20 format and over a 44-day period? I am not big on coaches. That's why I am not the cricket coach here. I am a big believer in the captain. This will be Rahul's team. Venkatesh Prasad will look after the nets and physical [aspects], while I can help the batsmen, it's going to be a strategic role for me. Prasad has proved himself as a team coach and I will let him handle that side of the things. "My role will be to help the youngsters think out of the square and fit in with the vision. It's a branding exercise, it's a marketing exercise and people have to come in to watch not a region but a city franchise. I will be the intermediary between sponsors, team and the fans" I got a real passion for Twenty20 having done Cricket Max in New Zealand and I have some ideas of how this game can be played. You need to treat this as a scientific project. It's not like a Test match, it's not about durability and concentration over long periods. It's about having lots of small goals and getting everyone strategically positioned. Our aim will be to get more wickets than the opposition. That would mean swinging the ball, great fielding. What is going to be your cricketing strategy? To put simply, it would be to take more wickets than the opposition. Build partnerships, throw in some great fielding, our general attitude and win by our all round skills. In a nutshell, with a scientific approach. The first six overs, with the field up, is when you really get your runs, the next eight overs are the middle overs while the last six will be the death overs. What is the future of Twenty20 and will its success mean the death of 50-over cricket? The game is here to stay; it is the future. What we are seeing a correction in 50-overs cricket. We had a over-saturation of that form, lots of meaningless cricket was being played. This Twenty20 would offset that. I see 50-overs cricket being played over four innings. Four Twenty20 innings and I see this happening in ten years time. One-day cricket would become a mini Test match. There fore Twenty20 becomes the precursor to that eventuality. As of now we have Twenty20 and Test cricket while the one-day game is going through an identity crisis.

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Dravid ready for Tweny20 challenge Rahul Dravid is talking only Twenty20 these days. More... Dravid ready for Tweny20 challenge Harish Kotian in Bangalore March 12, 2008 19:39 IST Last Updated: March 12, 2008 19:47 IST Rahul Dravid [images] is talking only Twenty20 these days. The former India captain, who will lead Bangalore's Indian Premier League team, said he is excited at the prospect of playing in the inaugural Twenty20 tournament. Speaking ahead of the launch of the team owned by business tycoon Dr Vijay Mallya [images] in Bangalore on Wednesday, Dravid said: "It is exciting and I am looking forward to it. It is a new concept and I am lucky to be part of something at its inception. In the few years that I play I am sure I will get a chance to experience something new." The Bangalore team, which will be called "Royal Challengers", will be coached by former India pacer and current bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad. Interestingly, former New Zealand [images] captain Martin Crowe has been signed up as the team's Chief Cricket Officer. He will be focusing on team's strategy. Dravid, who was dropped from the Indian ODI team last year and has not had a taste of Twenty20 internationals, said he is well prepared for the upcoming IPL tournament, scheduled to begin on April 18. Eight teams from across the country will play each other on a home and away basis, with the top teams clashing in the best-of-three finals. "It will be interesting to see how it [iPL] goes. It is a totally new concept and whether it will succeed or not we will know in time. It has got some good things going for it, in the sense that firstly it is a new form of the game and obviously it is a short version of the game. It also brings in for the first time international stars in the domestic game. It is still a domestic tournament with seven domestic players in the eleven and four international players only," he said. He said Bangalore boasts of a good all-round team with presence of top players in ace leg-spinner Anil Kumble [images], South Africa's Jacques Kallis [images], Mark Boucher [images] and Dale Steyn, India pacer Zaheer Khan [images] and Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq to name a few. "We picked players whom we thought would gel in; players who believe in the concept of the team and I think more or less we got that. Speaking to some of the international players we picked I think they are very excited to come to Bangalore and be a part of our team. We also want to make them feel a part of our team too," the right-hander added. So what does he think about sharing a dressing room with players from different countries and some junior players? "I am really excited to share the dressing room for a month and half with these talented international players whether it is [Jacques] Kallis or Mark Boucher or [Nathan] Bracken or Cameron White or anyone of the international guys. We were very conscious of the fact that everyone is going to come at the last minute because of the international schedule and there is not going to be much time. So whatever bonding is to be done will have to be done travelling on the tour so it is going to be interesting," he quipped. Talking about the choice of his players who were selected at the first IPL auction, Dravid said it wasn't easy since it was a first such auction and it moved very fast. "It was a different kind of experience and something very unique. It was different, I can't say I felt happy or thrilled, it was something new. Things were happening so fast because the pace of auction was so fast and the dynamics were changing so quickly, you could never really be sure what was happening. I was so caught up in it that I didn't have much time to reflect on it," he said. "There were eight teams and everyone was bidding and it was tough to get everyone you wanted. But the rules of the auction were such that every team will go away thinking that they have a good chance, and that they have a good team. The rules were such that it ensured that people had a fair go at the pie and we are very happy with the players we got," the veteran batsman added. Dravid also revealed why the young Indian players fetched a good price at the auction. "We recognized the fact in the first auction that the Indian players are very important and we were trying to get as many Indian players as possible. At the end of the day, seven Indians have to play in the eleven, so we were very keen to get the best possible Indians we could but we had our restrictions." The Karnataka batsman is however apprehensive about how fans will react to the first-ever IPL tournament, which will be played under floodlights. "We will just need to see how the fans react to it, how the people react to it. It has never been tried before, the concept of people supporting their city, it is interesting. People who are in it are in it for a long time. I think it is gonna take some time like everything else to develop. Most importantly if the quality of cricket is good then we will have people come to the stadiums or watch it on television," Dravid said. By the looks of it the Chinnaswamy stadium will be houseful when the IPL kicks off on April 18 with the hosts taking on Shah Rukh Khan's [images] Kolkata Knight Riders.

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Red and Yellow for Royal Challengers Dr Vijay Mallya's Bangalore Indian Premier League team "Royal Challengers" will be attired in a attractive mix of red and yellow for the Twenty20 tournament which begins next month. More... Red and Yellow for Royal Challengers Harish Kotian in Bangalore March 12, 2008 12venkat-crowe.jpg Dr Vijay Mallya's [images] Bangalore Indian Premier League team "Royal Challengers" will be attired in a attractive mix of red and yellow for the Twenty20 tournament which begins next month. The team composition and the squad will be unveiled in Bangalore on Wednesday evening. The team, which will be led by former India captain Rahul Dravid [images], has Venkatesh Prasad (left) as it's coach and New Zealand's [images] former skipper Martin Crowe (right) as the team's strategist. Also read: Dravid ready for Twenty20 challenge Crowe and Prasad were attired in the colours during an advertisement shoot at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore. The team's Chief Executive Officer Charu Sharma said the red and yellow colours make attractive viewing under lights and "is also associated with many good things in our country." "The colour is familiar with this part of the country and is part of the Karnataka flag," he said. Here is a first look of it.

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Damn...that's some colour combination! With the Bangalore PHL jersey of the hi-fliers being in orange and now this combo for the royal challengers, Bangalore might well be successful in staging a coup over Chennai as the Rangeela city.:cantstop: oh BTW, Sunil Joshi has found a place in the Bangalore team.

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i think brc are a hot tip to win the tournament.
oh I wish! Though the team looks competitive, I would place Mohali & Hyderabad sides as the front runners for the first tournament. But with only 20 overs to play with, anything can happen. Bangalore looks stronger now with Misbah. The way sleeper coaches likes Jaffer and Chopra are playing the Ranji ODIs, there's still some hope left I guess.

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White all set for IPL With a new Cricket Australia contract for the next 12 months safely in his keep, Bushrangers skipper Cameron White leaves for India on Friday for what he describes as an 'interesting adventure' in the inaugural season of Indian Premier League. More... White all set for IPL 9/04/2008 6:04:03 PM Angus Morgan With a new Cricket Australia contract for the next 12 months safely in his keep, Bushrangers skipper Cameron White leaves for India on Friday for what he describes as an 'interesting adventure' in the inaugural season of Indian Premier League. White's looking forward to working closely with Indian Test skipper Anil Kumble at the Bangalore Royal Challengers whose squad also includes the West Indies' leading batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kiwi Ross Taylor and the new joint-No.1 on the Test bowling rankings, South African quick Dale Steyn. "There's players like Kumble, Rahul Dravid, a couple of really good South Africans, Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher, some players who have been around international cricket for some time," said White. "I think it's a great avenue and a great opportunity to learn off those guys so I'm really looking forward to it." "Twenty20 is just going to get bigger and bigger so it's exciting to be in a stage in cricket." "Obviously I've been to India before but this is a whole new format, a whole new series, but I've no idea what to expect - it will be interesting." "I'm going in with an open mind." White said the chance to finetune his bowling would be invaluable ahead of next month's One Day-Internationals in the West Indies. "For me my bowling is probably going to be the avenue into more games for Australia, so that's something that I've got to do a little bit better," White said. "Hopefully when I get an opportunity, or if I get an opportunity, I can do that."

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Virat Kohli joins camp BANGALORE: Virat Kohli, the captain of the Indian under-19 World Cup winning team and Delhi?s middle order batsman, has joined Bangalore Royal Challengers? preparatory camp for its inaugural IPL clash with Kolkata Knight Riders ... More... Virat Kohli joins camp BANGALORE: Virat Kohli, the captain of the Indian under-19 World Cup winning team and Delhi’s middle order batsman, has joined Bangalore Royal Challengers’ preparatory camp for its inaugural IPL clash with Kolkata Knight Riders here on April 18. Most of the other players are expected to join the camp by April 12.

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Noffke makes last-minute IPL dash Ashley Noffke will warm up for his Test tour of West Indies with a brief stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after Bangalore picked him to replace the injured Nathan Bracken. More... Indian Premier League Noffke makes last-minute IPL dash Cricinfo staff April 14, 2008 334732.jpg Ashley Noffke could come up against Ricky Ponting in the Indian Premier League after agreeing to a deal with Bangalore © Getty Images Ashley Noffke will warm up for his Test tour of West Indies with a brief stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after Bangalore picked him to replace the injured Nathan Bracken. Noffke leaves for India on Tuesday but must be back in Brisbane in early May for Australia's training camp ahead of the Caribbean series. Noffke did not originally nominate for either of the IPL auctions and intended to stay focused on his push for international honours. But after he was confirmed for the West Indies trip and named in Cricket Australia's 25-man squad of contracted players for 2008-09, Noffke decided a short Twenty20 spell could be beneficial. "It's a pretty exciting proposition to go up against so many good players," Noffke said. "I'm taking the view that it will be good for my development as a player as well as a chance to get some bowling under my belt ahead of the Windies tour." Noffke's last-minute dash to India means he will be available for Bangalore's opening clash against Kolkata on Friday. If selected, that could pit Noffke against the Australia captain Ricky Ponting as well as the newly-contracted David Hussey. He will also be free to play three more IPL games before heading home for the training camp. Bracken, who is still recovering after having knee surgery in March, will be assessed prior to the ODI tour of West Indies to determine whether he can take part.

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Fit Zaheer strenghtens Challengers' bowling line-up The Royal Challengers received a boost when Zaheer Khan announced that he had regained his fitness and that he would feature in the inaugural match of the Indian Premier League, when the Bangalore-based outfit take on the Kolkata Knight Riders on April 18. More... Indian Premier League Fit Zaheer strenghtens Challengers' bowling line-up Cricinfo staff April 15, 2008 312786.jpgRahul Dravid, the Royal Challengers' captain, will have the services of Zaheer Khan for their upcoming match against the Kolkata Knight Riders © AFP The Royal Challengers received a boost when Zaheer Khan announced that he had regained his fitness and that he would feature in the inaugural match of the Indian Premier League, when the Bangalore-based outfit take on the Kolkata Knight Riders on April 18. "Twenty20 should not be a problem. I have been bowling every day in the last three days and yes I will be playing the first game," Zaheer said. His return to fitness is set to give a fillip to the Challengers, who will be without services of Dale Steyn for the initial stages of the event. Steyn will take part in the Standard Bank Pro20 tournament in South Africa, before returning to the team. The franchise may also miss Nathan Bracken for the entire tournament, after he was advised four to ten weeks rest for a knee injury. Zaheer, who was recently named as one of Wisden's five Cricketers of the Year, said he expected the stands to be filled during the Challengers' matches. "The cream of the International players will be playing and there should be crowds. This is the first year, lets see how it goes." He has been on the road back to recovery since returning mid-way through the tour of Australia, when injury forced him out of the Sydney Test. He subsequently underwent rehabilitation in the Centre for Sports Medicine in Johannesburg, and missed the mandatory fitness Tests ahead of the South Africa series. Meanwhile, Cameron White, the attacking Australian batsmen, said he was looking at the IPL as an opportunity to work on his game. "I am lucky that I played well for my state [Victoria] in Twenty20 and now I get to play for Bangalore," said White. "I am in the one-day squad for the tour of West Indies after the IPL, so I will try to improve in this tournament."

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Injury-hit Bangalore put up brave front G Krishnan Bangalore 17_04_2008_022_012_009.jpg IT IS a start the Bangalore team could have done without. Two days before the IPL opener here between the Rahul Dravid-led team and the Kolkata outfit led by Sourav Ganguly, the hosts will be without two of their strike bowlers. Test captain Anil Kumble has still not recovered from the groin strain that ruled him out of the third Test against South Africa in Kanpur and will miss the lung opener on Friday. The ace leg-spinner is also likely to sit out of the second game in Mumbai on April 20. But he is expected to turn out for the third match against Rajasthan here on April 26. Dravid said on Wednesday that National Cricket Academy physio Paul Chapman was monitoring Kumble's progress. "Anil will miss the first game definitely," he said. "We will take a decision that is best for him and he should be in a position to play in the next four to five days." Bangalore will also miss Australian leftarm swing bowler Nathan Bracken due to a knee injury for the first few matches while Dale Steyn, South Africa's pace spearhead, has returned home to fulfil his commitments in Cricket South Africa's Twenty20 competition. Zaheer Khan, who ruled himself out of the Test series against South Africa following a heel injury, is returning to shape and Wednesday's practice match under lights will give an indication on his state. The unavailability of leading players has left Dravid, coach Venkatesh Prasad and chief cricket officer Martin Crowe in a spot. Crowe said, "A week ago, we had only three international players, today we also have Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis, so that is a change for the better. We are going to be very upfront and transparent about this. The IPL over 44 days, is not a sprint, it is a marathon. It is quite a long time and opportunity will come to all the players at some stage or the other." Dravid said the uncertainty had thrown a challenge but "we have luckily covered most of our bases". The former India captain also clarified his remarks about the player auction. "I hope it (auction) does not happen again," is what he is reported to have said during an interaction in Chennai. "I don't think I said it like that. It was an off-the-cuff answer to a young girl's question. "The answer was taken out of context. The auction was a unique thing, it happens in football, American sport and in a franchise concept it was necessary to do something like this and ensure everyone had a level playing field." Injury-hit Bangalore put up brave front G Krishnan Bangalore IT IS a start the Bangalore team could have done without. Two days before the IPL opener here between the Rahul Dravid-led team and the Kolkata outfit led by Sourav Ganguly, the hosts will be without two of their strike bowlers. Test captain Anil Kumble has still not recovered from the groin strain that ruled him out of the third Test against South Africa in Kanpur and will miss the lung opener on Friday. The ace leg-spinner is also likely to sit out of the second game in Mumbai on April 20. But he is expected to turn out for the third match against Rajasthan here on April 26. Dravid said on Wednesday that National Cricket Academy physio Paul Chapman was monitoring Kumble's progress. "Anil will miss the first game definitely," he said. "We will take a decision that is best for him and he should be in a position to play in the next four to five days." Bangalore will also miss Australian leftarm swing bowler Nathan Bracken due to a knee injury for the first few matches while Dale Steyn, South Africa's pace spearhead, has returned home to fulfil his commitments in Cricket South Africa's Twenty20 competition. Zaheer Khan, who ruled himself out of the Test series against South Africa following a heel injury, is returning to shape and Wednesday's practice match under lights will give an indication on his state. The unavailability of leading players has left Dravid, coach Venkatesh Prasad and chief cricket officer Martin Crowe in a spot. Crowe said, "A week ago, we had only three international players, today we also have Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis, so that is a change for the better. We are going to be very upfront and transparent about this. The IPL over 44 days, is not a sprint, it is a marathon. It is quite a long time and opportunity will come to all the players at some stage or the other." Dravid said the uncertainty had thrown a challenge but "we have luckily covered most of our bases". The former India captain also clarified his remarks about the player auction. "I hope it (auction) does not happen again," is what he is reported to have said during an interaction in Chennai. "I don't think I said it like that. It was an off-the-cuff answer to a young girl's question. "The answer was taken out of context. The auction was a unique thing, it happens in football, American sport and in a franchise concept it was necessary to do something like this and ensure everyone had a level playing field."

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It's probably a blessing in disguise missing Kumble. He's a spinner that bowls fairly quick through the air and the ball will come on to the bat quite nicely. It's makes for a good slog and Bangalore RC will be better off without him in the first game. I still am not convinced with the kind of intensity they will play IPL though. I doubt if Bangalore RCs will even pose a challenge at all. The team looks very thin on aggressive batting although bowling line up is in good hands.

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Bangalore RC lacks all the T20 elements, i.e. fielding, strike bowlers and Aggressive batsmen

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Bangalore RC lacks all the T20 elements' date=' i.e. fielding, strike bowlers and Aggressive batsmen[/quote'] Their fans suck too. They should be booing Kolkata every time their fielders touch the ball. They can't even create the intimidating atmosphere that is required for their sh itty team to win

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u won't see that happening in India in any staidum dude.
Mumbai-kars will show you how exactly do you support your team :finger: Just keep watching

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Mumbaikars are an excellent crowd - always noisy, abusive at times, and they are the only crowd in India that chant collectively. Best crowd in India by far WANKHEDE MEIN AAYA BHOOT, PAKISTAN KI MAA KI CH00T :hysterical:

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Mumbaikars are an excellent crowd - always noisy, abusive at times, and they are the only crowd in India that chant collectively. Best crowd in India by far WANKHEDE MEIN AAYA BHOOT, PAKISTAN KI MAA KI CH00T :hysterical:
Not only that, there are fights between each stands (4 in total). I remember when India played SA in test match. Jadeja was in the team. We chanted "Madhuri ka bhai kaun jadeja jadeja" :cantstop: .. Poor guy never came near the ropes again :haha:

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