Saturday 4 May 2024

Looking to see more attacking fast bowling from Siraj and Yash: RCB head coach Flower

As RCB returns to Chinnaswamy for action tonight, Flower gives a shout-out to the 12th Man Army


Bengaluru, May 5, 2024: As they return to M Chinnaswamy Stadium after nearly three weeks, Royal Challengers Bengaluru is upbeat going into the last third of its IPL 2024 campaign. A vital component of RCB’s back-to-back wins in Hyderabad and Ahmedabad was their attacking fast bowling; head coach Andy Flower is eager to see more of that from the likes of Mohammed Siraj and Yash Dayal in tonight’s clash in front of the 12th Man Army.


“Our batsmen will definitely be looking to bat out there in the middle not only on a good batting deck but in front of our brilliant crowd. What I have enjoyed seeing is our fast bowling unit bowling in a really attacking fashion. We have seen them take more wickets in the powerplay in the last three games. So we are looking at seeing more of the attacking fast bowling from the likes of Yash Dayal and particularly Siraj who has been outstanding particularly with his yorkers,” said head coach Flower on RCB Game Day.


With four games to go in RCB’s IPL season, Flower is firmly keeping the faith. “Playoff hopes are still alive and that is a brilliant position, obviously we would have liked to have been much closer to the playoffs than we are but we are still there, the chances are still there and we are still believing,” he said.


Meanwhile, captain Faf du Plessis is proud of how his team has shown character and turned things around over the last few matches. “Pressure is always there for performance, that is part of the game. Pressure is there when you are winning as well, you need to perform. For me the nice thing from a captaincy point of view is that we are playing the style of cricket that we have been wanting to play for long so it is more a happiness that we are doing ourselves justice whereas before, the opposite was happening.


“Proud of the boys and the way they have stood up. It takes a lot of character when you are down in the dumps, so the boys have responded really well and the way they have played the last three games has been really good,” Du Plessis said.


There has been some rain in the build-up to tonight’s match but coach Flower does not feel it will be a major factor. “The rain hasn’t really changed a lot in our preparation or selection. It is brilliant that Chinnaswamy has such a good drainage system, so I don’t think that is a big factor but I do know that Bengaluru needs the water so it is brilliant to have some of this beautiful rain,” coach Flower said.

About Royal Challengers Bengaluru:


The Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) is owned by Royal Challengers Sports Private Limited, a subsidiary of Diageo India. The Royal Challengers Bengaluru (often abbreviated as RCB) are a franchise cricket team based in Bangalore, Karnataka, that plays in the Indian Premier League (IPL). One of the original ten teams, the team has made three final appearances in the IPL and reached the Playoffs for three consecutive years in 2020, 2021 and 2022. The squad consists of a fine blend of proven stars of the international arena and emerging talent.


Royal Challengers Bengaluru emerged champions in the Women's Premier League 2024. RCB won the rights to own and operate a team in the Women’s Premier League with a bid of 901 Crores in January 2023 and shaped a bold squad in the auction with the buy of distinguished Indian opener Smriti Mandhana (INR 3.40 CR), who also happened to become the most expensive buy not only at WPL but among all other women’s cricket leagues in the world.


RCB has evolved in their journey of brand building with multiple business ventures like RCB Hustle (a fitness product by RCB), Dash of RCB, a premium line of non-alcoholic cocktail mixer which is launched as an extension to an already successful venture, RCB Bar & Café which saw an expansion by a new opened outlet at the T2 terminal of Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport recognized as the ‘World’s most beautiful airport’ by UNESCO’s Prix Versailles in 2023.


RCB has adopted the philosophy #PlayBold which resonates both on and off the field – ‘Defeats don’t defeat us, the Challenger Spirit keeps us alive'. Download RCB Mobile Application to know more.

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