'It's about striking a happy medium'

RCB coach Jennings says he is not concerned about lack of momentum

The go-slow approach of Jacques Kallis held them back against Chennai Super Kings while the over-cautious duo of Kallis and Kevin Pietersen failed to provide the right kind of ignition to the RCB innings against Delhi Daredevils. However, coach Ray Jennings was not overly concerned about the lack of momentum and said it’s a matter of striking the right balance between aggression and caution.

“I think against Super Kings, the problem was that when we lost Kallis and Kohli, we lost two wickets in 15 balls and just made three runs. I think that made the difference. We were a little bit conservative against the Delhi side. The top-order has planned the innings very well over the season — to be not over-powerful in the first six overs and not too conservative as well, it’s all about striking a happy medium.

“That's why guys like Kallis and Robin Uthappa need to bat up the order and plan the innings properly. I need to trust those guys to do the job for us,” Jennings said here on Wednesday ahead of RCB’s match against Deccan Chargers.

The former South African coach said players had been following well-defined roles. “Look, we have 120 balls to play and the role of each cricketer has to be defined according to the situation. With players like Kevin Pietersen and Ross (Taylor) coming in, the roles of each batsmen has to be defined. Sometimes it’s easier for an all-rounder or a young Indian player to hit the ball around, and at that time the roles could be changed.”
Dismissing the notion of tinkering with the team combination, Jennings said, “You might think that the permutations are confusing but I have a clear idea about the
permutations. When these combinations work on the field, it can look nice, but when it does not work, you look like an idiot. Drawing up permutations is an easy job but the hard part is to maintain the right energy level in the player assigned to do the job.”

Jennings said the presence of some experienced players had helped him immensely in that regard. “We have seven or eight international captains with us and we have three legends in our ranks -- Kumble, Dravid and Kallis -- and not many sides have got those kind of players together. They are in the background of keeping the team together and helping me exectute the strategies with honesty and peace, making sure that we make an impact.”

On the match against the struggling Chargers, he said, “There is no good time to play any side. Tomorrow, if Gilchrist gets a hundred then we can struggle, so we need to come to the field with the best preparations. I don’t look at yesterday’s match as tomorrow we need to play a fresh game.”

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