IPL 5: Jennings wants RCB to play good cricket

Written by: Aprameya .C
Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 11:49 [IST]
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We want to play good cricket: Jennings

Bangalore, Mar 28: Royal Challengers Bangalore have twice come close to winning the Indian Premier League (IPL) title but have finished second best in the League. As the new season starts on April 4, RCB's coach Ray Jennings wants his team to continue playing good cricket and he says that "sometimes not always good sides end up winning."

RCB have started their preparations for the fifth edition of IPL. Coach Jennings and some of the local players along with new batting coach Mark O'Donnell hit the ground at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The Vijay Mallya-owned team finished runners-up last year and were also the second best outfit in the 2009 version after a dismal seventh in the inaugural edition in 2008.

In his first interaction with the media before the preparatory camp on Tuesday, the 57-year-old Jennings said: “I think it is not about being close (to the title), it is about playing good cricket."

"If I can set some goals, I want the side to be happy, I want the side to play good cricket on the day. And you all know in Twenty20 cricket you need a bit of luck and in the last three years we have played good cricket and we are a happy team. I have achieved my goals and you know sometimes not always the good sides end up winning,” the South African added.

Jennings took charge of RCB from the 2009 edition. He has been instrumental in changing the fortunes of the team.

As they started their preparations, Jennings said this was not a camp but a "starting process" for IPL.

“This is not really a camp, it is just the starting process to the IPL. It is matter of gearing the guys up with the right intensity for the tournament, to make sure we know the injury factors, fitness levels and skill levels. To make sure by the end of a week or ten days that we know each other, we are a happy unit and then we can go out and enjoy ourselves,” he said.


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