Just had to remind Yuvraj of his capabilities: Woodhill

RCB batting coach speaks of how he deals with the team’s batting superstars

Ranchi 17 May 2014
With Yuvraj Singh back in the scintillating form that he’s in, the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s strength as a team has risen multiple notches – a handy time to impress your domination when you have to win all your remaining league matches to make it to the top four.

Ahead of their big game against Chennai Super Kings, in Ranchi, RCB batting and fielding coach, Trent Woodhill spoke of the batsmen he works with at RCB, especially Yuvraj, who has answered the critics with his bat with scores of 83 and 68*.

“You cannot demand success off somebody; you’ve got to put them in an environment where they feel comfortable to succeed,” Woodhill said when asked how he deals with lack of runs from the likes of Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli. 

“Chris has come out of an injury and he’s still finding his way back, although we have seen flashes of brilliance from him. We’re hoping that in the last four games, we see the Chris Gayle of the last year. Virat is so passionate; it’s been a pleasure working with him. With him, it’s almost just the case of making sure that he stays calm.”

“Yuvraj was coming back from an adverse year or so and he has shown Indian Cricket that he is well and truly back. There’s no one in the competition who can bat the way he batted the other night. With guys like Yuvraj it’s just about reminding them what they are capable of. And that doesn’t have to happen in the nets. That can be over a coffee or taking a walk. It’s just about letting him know that I am asking him to do only that what he is capable of doing, nothing more.

When asked if the presence of ace bowlers like Muttiah Muralitharan and Daniel Vettori helps him as a batting coach, Woodhill said, “Having those two helps in general – great people and they’re also still bowling well. Dan still likes to bowl in the nets and it’s impossible to take the ball out of Muralitharan’s hand.”

Speaking about the strength of their opposition for tomorrow, Woodhill listed out the challenges that RCB are likely to face against CSK.
“Every game is a semi-final now, but right now, we’re focused only on CSK, who are one of the best teams in the competition. They’re experienced, well groomed and they’re the best fielding side. McCullum and Smith have gotten them off to great starts and in Ashwin and Jadeja they’ve got two spinners who can control the game well. These guys are our biggest challenges.”

Another challenge for RCB will be getting their bowling right, something they have struggled to do since the India leg of Pepsi IPL 2014 has started.

“With every game that goes by, the tournament heats up and the pressure builds. There’s certainly more pressure on us that there was in the UAE and the bowlers are feeling it,” Woodhill said. “I thought in the UAE we were brilliant in the field in the last four overs. Since we’ve got here, we haven’t been as good in that part of the game and that’s because the players have gotten emotionally involved in the situation.”
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