Royal Challengers Bangalore director of cricket operations and former New Zealand head coach, Mike Hesson wants his team to finish in the top 2 as it will give the side a more realistic chance at the trophy.
RCB have till now won 5 out of the 7 games that they have played and are on course for a playoff berth if things don’t go all awry from here.
Their next fixture is against Sunrisers Hyderabad who is in red hot form as they have won their last 4 games.
Kane Williamson Is Quite Methodical In His Captaincy: Mike Hesson
Hesson who has worked closely with Kane Williamson during his coaching days for the New Zealand national side is wary of Kane’s leadership potential as he thinks that Williamson has done a tremendous job with his side this season, especially bouncing back after two back to back losses.
At the same time, for his own side Hesson has set a new goal and that is to look to finish in the top 2. RCB qualified for the playoffs in the last two editions but were knocked out in the Eliminator on both occasions.
“You want to push for one of those top-two spots, and that’s something we’re trying to do — getting better every game, and if we do that, we’re gonna give ourselves a chance,” Hesson said on his team’s future plans for the tournament.
On Kane Williamson, he said, “Well, Kane’s pretty methodical in terms of how he prepares. He’s very professional. He’s obviously brought that team together after a tough start losing the first couple of games. There was talk about them being out of their depth, and they’re far from that. He’s got the best out of their seam bowling attack.”
On being asked about what challenge SRH possess, Hesson said, “It’s a diverse group — left-armers, right-armers, plenty of pace on offer, and if Washington Sundar is back, some experience with the spin bowling as well. They’re a well-rounded bowling attack. With the bat, obviously, Kane carries quite a burden there with the bat upfront, and his wicket is gonna be huge for us.”
Hesson would hope that RCB can win their 6th game of the season and move to the top of the points table.