Anil Kumble, skipper of the Royal Challengers and a proud Banglorean, stepped in to talk to his team after the players gathered following news of the blasts.
“Once we were given the assurance that it was safe to go out and play, we didn’t have any problems at all,” said Kumble. “We were warming up when we heard a noise. We didn’t think too much about it but we were told to be careful.
In the moments of tension that preceded the late start, Kumble played his role. “Coming from Bangalore, I felt extremely safe,” he said. “I didn’t have a problem, and that’s what I told the team.”
Kumble also hoped that the blasts would not have a lasting effect. “All these things are part of our lives now. It can happen outside a stadium or outside your home,” said Kumble.
Meanwhile, Rayudu, amazingly, said there was no talk in the Mumbai camp surrounding the blasts.