May 22, 2011 1:47:41 am
Skipper Daniel Vettori and pace spearhead Zaheer Khan are set to return and boost the Royal Challengers Bangalore for their final round-robin IPL match against Chennai Super Kings here tomorrow.
RCB coach Ray Jennings today said the duo are fresh and available for selection for their match against the Mumbai Indians,which would decide the final standing of the teams in the points table.
“Dan is a lot fresher,he was away from home for 14 weeks and we send him home to get his energy back as well as see his local surgeon. He is a lot more fresher now than when he arrived at the beginning of the IPL. He is fit enough to be ready for selection,” Jennings said.
“We also gave Zaheer a break and even he looks a lot more fresher now. There was the World Cup fatigue earlier and to me both of them ¿ Vettori and Zaheer are in a better space physically,mentally and technically than they were at the beginning of the IPL,” he added.
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Jennings feels Kohli is an aggressive captain and has a bit of Shane Warne in him. “I know Kohli’s captaincy from 2008. You don’t judge a cricketer in only one game. Kohli’s captaincy in the game against Kings XI Punjab,I mean you could say was shocking but captaincy is not all about winning,it is the coach’s job as well,” he said.
“I could be the best coach in the world and end up losing in the IPL as we saw with John Buchanan. I mean Buchanan spent two seasons in IPL but the IPL spat him out. You cannot judge captains by how they win or lose,you judge a captain by how he uses the skills and puts the team together.
“Virat is a very aggressive cricketer and you could see that and that is his nature as well. He makes mistakes. He wanted to challenge the team and wanted Tiwary to open but it didn’t work out.
“Virat is that type,he has come up with ideas and he has a touch of Shane Warne in the way he thinks. I have seen Virat for four years and he has got cricketing skills and talent,” he added.
Asked about the hectic play-off stage of IPL 4,Jennings said though the system was good,playing three games in four days is unfair on the players.
“The system is a good system but three games in four days is unfair. The system is good but you also need some breathing space because if we end up playing on the 25th,27th and 28th and the guy who has played on the 24th and it could be the
Super Kings with four days of rest and that could be unfair but the system is good,” the South African said.
“I think you got to save energy the way you travel,yougot to get to the airport as late as possible,you got to ensure that in your hotel there is no disturbance from the public.
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