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Nothing to beat the atmosphere at Chinnaswamy

Almost anything can happen in Indian Premier League-4 (IPL) — a team winning a game, losing a game, winning again and then losing again, writes Ab de Villiers.

india Updated: Apr 30, 2011 23:47 IST
Ab de Villiers

Almost anything can happen in Indian Premier League-4 (IPL) — a team winning a game, losing a game, winning again and then losing again.

Momentum is the keyword, and you frequently see franchises winning three in succession, then losing three in a row. Everything seems to happen at such frenetic pace that any team’s outlook can change within a few days.

Back on track
It wasn’t long ago since the Royal Challengers Bangalore were in crisis, lying a place above the wrong end of the points table. We had lost three in a row and had another match washed out. Since then, we have won three matches in a row and now lie second.

What an ambience!
I have been fortunate to play in most of the renowned cricket grounds around the world, but there is absolutely no doubt in my mind... the stadium with the most noise and best atmosphere is right here in Bangalore.

It is deafening. It is hectic. It is amazing, and I reckon the impact is significantly reduced on television. You really have to see and hear it to believe it!

Dan’s the best
When you play your home matches amid this kind of bedlam, you need a calm captain who can be relied upon to make the right decisions when the chips come thudding down, and, at Royal Challengers Bangalore, we are extremely fortunate to have Daniel Vettori.

Under his outstanding leadership, we have managed to improve our performance over the past 10 days or so, and regain that precious winning momentum. Chris Gayle is a relaxed and talented batsman and, with Virat Kohli in superb form, our top order is starting to look formidable.

Our fielding in the home win against the Pune Warriors on Friday was sharper and tighter than at any stage of the tournament, and our bowlers are finding their range. Zaheer Khan and Vettori are class acts, and it is encouraging to see the progress made by our young seamers, Abhimanyu Mithun and Sreenath Arvind. HAWKEYE