In three match so far at home ground M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Royal Challengers Bangalore are yet to end up as winners. On Wednesday, a desperate RCB XI will look to set the record straight against Rajasthan Royals.
Interestingly, RCB have a 100% win record this season when playing away from home; and with two consecutive wins under their belt, the confidence level of Virat Kohli’s boys will be high as they return to home turf.
And that confidence shows in the words of allrounder David Weise.
“It is no secret that we have struggled at home so far in this season but we have two good wins under our belt now,” he told the official IPL website. “We have back-to-back games now [at home] and that is good because we can carry the momentum and keep going. We are looking to make the Chinnaswamy Stadium our fortress once again.”
RCB began their campaign with three straight defeats at home, after which they got their train back on track with three away wins on the bounce. Now at No. 4 on the points table, Weise credits the turnaround to his team’s resolute nature and the return of Mitchell Starc.
“Our preparation before the last few games has been really good. We have gone, sat down and been honest with ourselves in saying that we need to improve. We have started to analyse oppositions and get good specific game plans in place.
“Our bowling attack has really stepped up in the last two games. With Mitch Starc coming in, he has been a massive asset for us as he has led the attack from the front. The bowlers have realised that we haven’t been good enough at the start of the tournament and we have improved.
Weise said Starc has been an influence both in match situations as well as in training since joining the squad.
“Starc sets the tone for us with the first ball and the other bowlers just feed off him. He has been helping the guys out in the nets and it is nice to have a world-class bowler like him around, learn from him and mimic what he does,” Wiese signed off.