2010 Champions League Twenty20 September 4, 2010

Adaptability will be key in CLT20 - Kumble


Anil Kumble, the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, has said the speed at which teams adapt to the pitches in South Africa will be crucial to their success in a short tournament like the Champions League Twenty20. He also said it was too late to bring in Kevin Pietersen, who has no international commitments during the Champions League after being dropped from England's limited-overs squads.

The tournament will be played from September 10 to September 26 in South Africa. In most countries except England, the cricketing season usually kicks off in September or October, which means many sides will be rusty.

"It is the first tournament for a lot of teams," Kumble said after an interaction with more than 50 Bangalore fans on the eve of the team's departure from India. "In South Africa, it is the beginning of the season and it is the first game of the season for some of the players in RCB as well. The biggest challenge is how quickly you acclimatise to the conditions and the need to start well in the tournament."

Bangalore reached the finals of the IPL in 2009, when it was held in South Africa, and the team's coach and several players come from that country, giving them an advantage over other overseas teams. "We can take some confidence going to South Africa having done well there in IPL 2. Our coach Ray Jennings also understands the South African conditions well. With Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn around, those conditions should suit our bowling as well."

The team's batting is bolstered by heavy-hitters such as Ross Taylor and Cameron White, but they will miss the services of World Twenty20 Man of the Series Pietersen, who was their big-ticket signing last year. "It's a bit too late," Kumble said. "We had to announce our squad about a month ago, which we did."

Most IPL players signed three year contracts in 2008 that come to an end after the Champions League. It has been nearly two years since Kumble, who will turn 40 in October, announced his international retirement and he was unwilling to commit on how much longer he would continue to play the IPL.

"Once you retire, you have to take it one step at a time," he said. "So you don't plan and say that I am going to play for the next three years. Hopefully I will be in good shape for the six games this month and we come back victorious. That will be a great motivation to get into the next year. To think of the next year is very premature."

A week ahead of the Champions League, the cricketing headlines are dominated by the spot-fixing controversy in London. Kumble was confident the right steps would be taken to avoid such episodes during the tournament in South Africa. "Every tournament, every international match that happens is under a perceived threat," he said. "I don't think we need to be worried about these things but we can't close our eyes. ACSU is there to deal with it."

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on September 8, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    Chennai have their work cut out ....victoria a very strong team with the likes of david hussey hodge nannes siddle ..warriors has a world class bowling side with boje botha theron parnell and ntini..then there is wayamba jayawardne mendis maharoof mubarak udana perera..bangalore and mumbai on the other hand have got an easy group..south australia looks a third class side without pollard and afridi and lions look like a weak side guyana..although have sarwan and foo may be a suprise but unlike trindad they lack a quality allrounder such as bravo so i can very much see rcb and mumbai in the semi's but can't say the same about csk

  • keith on September 8, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    Please Let KUMBLE make money thru IPL & RCB ads.He ll play till he is 45 i bet

  • Subramanya on September 7, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    Dear nair_ottappalam, why do you want Kumble to make way for Pieterson? If you recall last year, it was only after Pieterson left the side, RCB started picking up...It was the leadership of Kumble which took them to the finals, even this year, Kumble was the most economical bowler (better than Murali... infact Murali was wacked all over by the local talent)... so as he himself stated, as long he is fit and will be able to deliver, he should play. Let the decision to quit to himself :-) I give you my word, you will not see a tough and better compitetor on the field than him in today's world... I have been watching him for last 20 years... Only Steve Waugh has that guts...

  • sunil on September 7, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Doest matter How Much I would like dhoni or kumble to win the CLT20 but i dfntly don't like to see sachin on a losing side. so go MI go & do that for sachin what u guys could not do in the IPl final. for sure the final will be between 2 indian sides & if i go by my gut feeling then it will be again CSK v/s MI & this time the result will be in favour of MI. being a true MI fan i say so & i am sure there will be many who will be with me & many who will not be with me on this but I WANT MI ALL THE WAY.

  • Runster on September 7, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    HOPE CSK WINNNNSSSS!!!!! IT WILL REALLY CAP OFF A SPECTACULAR CRICKET SEASON FOR THEM :D @nair_ottappalam RCB didnt knw the pieterson would be available for CLT20 cos they expected him to be in England's T20 squad against pakistan. CL teams had to announce their squads like two months ago. But I think RCB could have put him in there just in case...cos there was always a chance he wud not make it into the squad. @Jkgsrt Sachin is very good for MI's but he isnt their only good player: malinga, tiwary, duminy, pollard, rayadu are all decent. Sachin has just become an icon for MI, which I think isnt very good cos MI is a team, NOT a sachin.

  • Jitendra on September 6, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    i want to go with mumbai indians. if sachin makes runs then everything is ok for mumbai. without sachin mumbai is nothing. so you would see in the auction that sachin would be the best money getter because mumbai can either lose any player but nor sachin. rcb is the best team by batting strength. and mumbai is with bowling. srt play a crucial part in mumbai wins.

  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    This time it will be the crowing glory for CSK in the strewed ship of MSD. Do not comment cheaply about CSK. They proved the worth in IPL 2 in SA by reaching SF.

    Blood Shut your big mouth for the comment made by the person about CSK.

    Be always Gentle in Gentleman game.

    Take your heavy stuff of bashing Tamil Nadu Team out of your mind.

    Take care it is winter not Summer to blabber

  • vinod on September 6, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    Dear Kumble,

    Why dont you make way for Pietersen? Let Kallis or Ross Taylor lead the side. After all you have past 40 and your international exposure over the past two years is negligible. Let the Man of the World T20 cup be in the team. Of course you will miss Morgan

  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    i hope rcb wins and makes blore proud

  • vijay on September 5, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    @TwitterJitter, dude Boucher this time is playing for Warriors........

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