Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach, Simon Katich expressed his admiration for MS Dhoni and the rest of the Chennai Super Kings players ahead of their clash on Sunday afternoon. While RCB leads the points table with 4 wins in as many games, CSK is just below them with 6 points and both face off in a battle for the numero uno spot.
Simon Katich applauded the 3-time champions and its skipper, who seems to be coming into his groove with his 8-ball 17-run cameo against the Kolkata Knight Riders. The RCB coach says that his side has got immense respect for the Men in Yellow, and expects a close-fought contest at the Wankhede.
Virat Kohli’s side remains the only unbeaten team in the tournament hitherto and is coming on a solid 10-wicket victory over the Rajasthan Royals, at the same venue.
“Dhoni is a master, isn’t he? They are sitting at the top with three wins, they have had a fantastic start, they have fantastic players, we have a huge amount of respect for CSK, it is going to be great game, we have seen some great games in Mumbai already,” said Simon Katich in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of the franchise.
We know our bowling lineup has performed well: Simon Katich
Simon Katich believes that it would be CSK’s “very damaging” batting versus RCB’s bowling which would be the deciding factor on Sunday. Chennai scored 220 runs against KKR as Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis, two batters who were a concern till then, resolved their top-order issues.
On the other hand, RCB’s bowling, too, has looked their strongest in several years. The inclusion of Kyle Jamieson, the growing stature and experience of Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel’s death bowling smartness has been their biggest upshots this season – so much that they have won all games even without any remarkable contribution from Yuzvendra Chahal, and Navdeep Saini, who remains on the bench so far.
“CSK has a very damaging batting lineup but we know our bowling lineup has performed well this season,” the former Australia opener added.