September 20, 2010

Champions League 2010

Reality checks, shark diving and ocean walks

Sidhartha Mallya
 Virat Kohli is dejected after Bangalore lost on the last ball, Bangalore v Mumbai, Champions League Twenty20 2010, Durban, September 19, 2010
Royal Challengers Bangalore came up two runs short against Mumbai  © AFP


After what was probably an unrealistically easy start to the tournament, we have been given a reality check by losing two on the trot. The first was to the South Australian Redbacks, when we were simply outplayed in every department by a professional and determined team who wanted it more. We lost the second to the Mumbai Indians because we gave away far too many runs in the last five overs - something we did in our semi-final clash against them in the IPL in April. This, however, was a classic game of cricket, and although it's a bitter pill to swallow to lose by two runs, I am thrilled that I was able to be part of such an exciting contest. I mean a game that boasts names like Tendulkar, Pollard, Zaheer, Malinga, Dravid, Kallis, Taylor, Kumble, Uthappa is always going to be a classic.

Enough from the cricketing side of things. While in Durban, I have been able to get the adrenaline flowing once again by going for a second skydive. I also did the world's highest 'swing' over the Moses Mabhida Stadium, which had hosted one of the semi-finals of the 2010 football World Cup. I have to say it was an amazing experience. A free-fall for 106 metres in a bungee, then swing a further 220 meters, to 20 feet above the pitch.

The day after the Redbacks game, the whole squad went to Shaka, which is a huge aquarium. We dived with the sharks there but from the safety of a cage! This was followed by an ocean walk. This was very amusing as our strength and conditioning coach Basu provided most of the entertainment with his hand signals! It was a nice day out with the boys and a good opportunity to bond. It's important in a short tournament like this to indulge in these sorts of activities away from the pitch to bring everybody closer.

I have some pictures, and will definitely upload them with the next entry.

We play on Tuesday next against the Highveld Lions in a must win game. Till then, take care.

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Posted by Harsha on (September 23, 2010, 11:26 GMT)


Best of luck RCB,The real champs.

Posted by Rohan on (September 20, 2010, 18:19 GMT)

Best of luck to RCB for the match against the Lions. I'll be rooting for the Lions though!! :)

Posted by Prashanth S on (September 20, 2010, 14:22 GMT)

Kallis's class, Dravid's temperament, Uthappa's big-hitting, Ross's brilliance, White's dominance, Kohli's kewlness, Kumble's captiancy, Steyn's pace, Praveen's swing, Manish/Doshi/Mithun/Vinay's presence is just enough for Bangalore to be CLT20 champions ! Goooooo RCB !!!

Posted by Srimanta Sahu on (September 20, 2010, 13:11 GMT)

I am a big fan of RCB team & in any way I wanna RCB to win the champions league.

I am a cricketer & with my small knowledge , I want a little shuffling in batting order ... please..... put Taylor in 1st down , put Utthappa in 2nd down , put Kohli in 3rd down & put White in 4th down .

See , we had gone through a lot of low scoring totals and only with the experience of the first three batsman(Kallis,Dravid,Taylor) we can do 70-80 runs in the first 10 over and afterwards with Utthappa , Kohli & White we can surpass 180's bit easily . To all playing elevens - Brothers it's the last time we can prove ourself the best . Good luck , try hard .

Posted by shailesh on (September 20, 2010, 13:10 GMT)

i like sidhartha mallya's blog it's really good n refreshin frm a younster n a fresh face rather thn sum old timer,evn though i'am MI fan i wanted RCB 2 win coz rather thn both the ipl teams not comin it would be better tht RCB won n got in 2 the semi's,evn though it's a bitter pill 2 swallow it would still take it.

Posted by Shyam Sunder on (September 20, 2010, 11:52 GMT)

Namma Bengaluru will prevail despite the two on the trot defeats. Kudos to Dravid and Kohli for the way they fought back into the match. Young Kohli showed that youth has the vim,vigour n courage, the last 3 overs yielded 37 runs against the likes of Malinga, Zaheer and Harbhajan.

C'mon Bangalore, you can do it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Gurpreet Singh on (September 20, 2010, 11:43 GMT)

I think Sid you have to say something about the V. Kohli. He was the only one who was fighting to win the match. He was the real hero for last night though mumbai won.

Posted by Anonymous on (September 20, 2010, 11:20 GMT)

hy dude!!!! its da game of cricket n hard luck of ur team bt i am sure we wil win da must win game n easily go through semis!!! till dn all da best to ur team!!!

Posted by santosh on (September 20, 2010, 11:11 GMT)

i think nothing had happened with the result of RCB vs MI. what i mean is RCB should win the next match as thy are at the same position(if RCB wins this match) so be ready to build a path to semis with a win

Posted by venkatesh on (September 20, 2010, 11:10 GMT)

Hi Sid,

its nice to hear those lovely moments and i am a big fan of RCB even though i am not from bangalore.

i wish u and u r team to go at high levels

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