As Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) slumped to their third loss of the season against Mumbai Indians (MI), in Match 12 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday, Banaglore’s fielding coach Trent Woodhill had some piece of advise for opener Chris Gayle. Woodhill feels Gayle should take cue from their skipper Virat Kohli and try to regain his lost touch. Gayle has not managed to fire in the IPL 2017 so far, having not scored more than 32, his highest score in the opening tie. With Gayle famous mostly for his big hitting innings, fans are eagerly waiting for him to fire and possibly lead Bangalore to a few wins in the tournament. Full Cricket Scorecard, RCB vs MI, Match 12
“Chris Gayle is hitting the ball very well in the net. He is not far away from making a big score, and hopefully it happens tomorrow. Gayle has had a fantastic record here. Gayle and somebody else can take a cue out of the knocks played by Virat and Pollard, last evening. They mastered the conditions and came out with flying colours, with their bats,” said Trent Woodhill, as reported by PTI. Apart from Gayle, Woodhill also talked about Mandeep Singh, who has been in fine form with the bat.
“He [Mandeep] is a quality player. He did really well last year for us in the lower middle order. I am hopeful he will turn the screws on. He is going to come out blazing tomorrow or against Gujarat. He is a quality player. He did well to build a partnership in Indore with AB on really tough surface. He started well in Hyderabad as well, so he will get his chance and I am sure he will grab it,” said Woodhill.
Speaking on the other players in the side, he said that the recent injuries to Sarfaraz Khan and KL Rahul should allow other players in the side to take the opportunity and make an impact. “Obviously we have been hit with injuries. We lost two world class players, KL Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan before the start of the tournament which was a massive loss for us, but absence of players creates opportunities for other players. They need to grab them,” he said.
Woodhill also spoke on their chances in the tournament following the return of Kohli and big hitter AB de Villiers, after recovering from their respective injuries. “Having Virat and AB back is great, and we need to capitalise on their return and build our fortunes, and build it quickly in their presence,” he concluded.