Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - 'Redefined' KS Bharat proves crucial cog in RCB's batting. KS Bharat hit a six off the final ball to help RCB win a thriller against DC
KS Bharat hit a six off the final ball to help RCB win a thriller against DC
Here's a scenario, you are at the IPL auction table, KS Bharat's name comes in and you are looking at the bare numbers. An average of 20.26 after 55 matches and a strike rate of 110.14 with 912 runs, you are likely to keep the paddle down even as the auctioneer urges you for a bid.
After Bharat's stunning show against Delhi Capitals, it'll be unfair not to credit the Royal Challengers Bangalore's scouting team for bagging him at the base price of INR. 20 lakhs. It was the transformation around 2019-20 that forced RCB to bid for Bharat. The right-hander has shown marked improvement taking his average to 32.50 and a strike rate of 137.46.
“I was trying to know what my strengths and weaknesses are. In 2018-19, I was going in with the intent of attacking every ball. Then I redefined my strategy that I can't go bang bang on every delivery,” Bharat said about the improvements. “You have to take your time, work out your angles, the opponents, work out the running between wickets. I was working on several areas and it really paid out on a big platform.
“When you bat, you don't look at stats. I don't think of strike rates. It is sometimes important when you are chasing. I don't sit and watch my strike rate after every game. We all go there with a purpose. When that doesn't happen, you go to the nets and see what can be done?”
Bharat now gets a chance to work with AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell to improve his range. He, however, isn't too keen to seek their advice and wants follow the process that's worked for him all this while. “I am someone who likes to watch and learn a lot,” he revealed. “It wasn't about going and asking them things. It's always been about watching and learning from them. I've always watched their routine. I've always been a keen observer of people doing good things on the field. When the moment is right, you end up doing well.
“When I was playing with AB, we had really good communication. He was telling me about the areas we can target and what are their strengths. He was allowing me to think on my own (against DC). As soon as Maxi came in, we always speak about how the wicket was behaving, who were the tough bowlers to hit and what are areas we can target. It's always a two-way communication about my mindset. And Maxi would also contribute if any changes there can be in the game plan.”
RCB have several of their batters accumulating runs and performing in different scenarios. Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, de Villiers and Maxwell have got more than 300 runs in the season so far. Meanwhile, Bharat has 148 runs from seven innings and is a crucial cog in the wheel especially at the No. 3 spot.
“There's nothing like I have to create a platform for someone. We as a team play and we as a team get those mini partnerships,” Bharat said about his role. “So we always focus on that. It can be AB, or KS, or Virat bhai getting those boundaries. It can be anyone. We all are built to win game. We are very clear about it. We walk in with purpose and have our set plans.
“The clarity is to deliver for the team. Balls, the position doesn't matter. You have to play according to the team situation. There's always clarity to try and perform to the best ability. We focus on one game at a time. It can be any team, any ground, numbers, players, teams don't matter to us. What matters is our preparation, our consistency and our intent. We walk on the field with purpose. We practice with a lot of purpose. We are sticking to the same plans.”
RCB are set to take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator in Sharjah on Tuesday. And with Bharat picking up a lot of confidence after his knock against DC, RCB seem to be in a good place to put the ghosts of 92 all out behind them.