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RCB duo taking a quieter route

The RCB are at full strength with the arrival of Virat Kohli and Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan. Chris Gayle has already made his mark afresh, hitting a blistering fifty in a practice tie.

cricket Updated: Sep 23, 2011 01:59 IST
Nikhilesh Bhattacharya

The RCB are at full strength with the arrival of Virat Kohli and Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan. Chris Gayle has already made his mark afresh, hitting a blistering fifty in a practice tie.

Saurabh Tiwary and Abhimany Mithun will not mind if the big guns hog the limelight. As the 21-year-olds look to get back into national contention, staying under the radar won't be a bad thing.

Tiwary got into a second-string Indian ODI team last year primarily on the back of some barnstorming innings for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. The left-hander from Jharkhand was snapped up for $1.6m by the RCB ahead of IPL-4, but did not score enough runs. Neither could he find a place in the World Cup winning side.

He was not called up to the ODI side even when it was ravaged by injuries. The aggressive batsman did go to the Emerging Players tournament in Australia, and got one big century.

RCB coach Ray Jennings praises Tiwary's focus. “He's cut his hair (he used to wear long, like a young MS Dhoni), he's changed his image, and he looks a lot stronger.”

Mithun was fast-tracked into the national team after he emerged the top wicket-taker in Ranji Trophy on debut in 2009-10 but failed to impress. “He was picked too soon, but India did not stick with him,” said former Karnataka pacer Sanath Kumar, who coached the state side.