Kallis hopeful

Bangalore Royal Challengers’ performance may have hit rock bottom in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League last year, but all-rounder Jacques Kallis believes his side has what it takes to enter the semifinals this season.

The Bangalore outfit, owned by Vijay Mallya, started its campaign in IPL-2 with a bang, stunning defending champion Rajasthan Royals in its first match. Despite defeats against Chennai Super Kings and Deccan Chargers thereafter, Royal Challengers, which was dubbed a Test team last year, looks a completely different side this time and Kallis credits the team’s turnaround to coach Ray Jennings and new skipper Kevin Pietersen.

“I think the guys have learnt a lot from last year. The guys are a bit more experienced. And it’s always nice when you start off well. I think Ray’s done a magnificent job in getting the guys together. Kevin’s (Pietersen) obviously come in and worked on the guys as well. The guys are a happy unit now, which is what you need for a good side,” Kallis says.

“I think we have got a structure in place. Now the guys know their roles and what they are going to do. It’s half the battle won in knowing our roles. None of us enjoyed what happened last year. We want to be competing as a top side and want to be in the semifinals. We do not want to be at the bottom of the table,” Kallis writes on the IPL website.

Compiled by K. Keerthivasan