Pressure is on Mumbai, says RCB skipper

Pressure is on Mumbai, says RCB skipper

Confident Anil Kumble

“We have played a semifinal before, that’s probably the experience I would like to carry forward,” the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper said here on Tuesday evening.

“It’s nice to be in this situation. Mumbai will be playing at home, they probably did not expect to play the semifinals at home. In that sense, the pressure is probably on them. It’s a must-win situation for all. We would like to take the confidence of the first game we played against Mumbai in Mumbai.

“Having said that, we would like to concentrate on how well we can execute our skills or how Mumbai has come into the semifinals,” he added, referring to the Indians’ untroubled run to the last four. “We would like to concentrate on the controllables. Maybe you have to be a bit circumspect when you are in the semis. It’s a fresh tournament from here on. You win two games and you win the tournament. As an experienced group, we are aware of the responsibilities. and pressures of being part of the semifinals.”

Expressing his satisfaction at the first goal achieved, he went on, “To get to the semifinals means a lot not just for the younger lot but for everyone. When we set out, the goal was to get into the semifinals. Whoever plays well on that particular day will go on to win. The team certainly deserves to be in this position.”

Big player
Refusing to focus only on the Sachin Tendulkar factor, Kumble noted, “Obviously, Sachin is a big player whether he’s playing for India or Mumbai or Mumbai Indians.  As an opposition, you always look to get Sachin out cheaply. Hopefully, we will be able to do that. But it’s important to ensure we are on top for 40 overs rather than just one part.

“We would like to concentrate on the team rather than on one particular individual. That’s the beauty of Twenty20 competition -- one batsman or one over from one particular bowler can change the game.”

The DY Patil track, Kumble acknowledged, promised an even contest.
“We have had one of the best wickets in the competition in Bangalore. This is a fresh track too, not many games have been played here. Only two games have been played here before. I’m sure it will be a good, sporting wicket.

“For bowlers who can bend their backs, there’s a bit in it. For batsmen, it will come on nicely as well.”

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