IPL 6: Dravid comes 'home' on a mission as Bangalore play Rajasthan

Rajasthan have played their conditions at Jaipur brilliantly, be it using an all-pace attack on a surface that offered the quicker bowlers encouragement or opening the bowling with an all-spin combine of Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan against Mumbai Indians in their last game.

updated: April 20, 2013 01:20 IST
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A top-of-the-table clash between teams as different as chalk is from cheese, with captains at the diametric opposite ends of the temperament spectrum, is the perfect recipe to spice up the weekend.

Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore, unbeaten in four games in Pepsi IPL 2013 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, up against Rahul Dravid's Rajasthan Royals, undefeated at home but versatile enough to travel well, is the mouth-watering prospect that awaits Bangalore's denizens on Saturday (April 20) night. It's too early in the competition for this match to have a decisive say in the qualification process, but bragging rights will very much be at stake, especially with a Bangalore boy at the helm of a Rajasthan side that has consistently punched above its weight this season.

Those who believe there is no place for tactical nous in the Twenty20 game will have been forced to change their opinion after watching Dravid the skipper at work in this edition of the world's most celebrated Twenty20 league. Dravid has always been a proactive captain; even while leading India, he was aggressive and attacking, in contrast to his deliberate style of batsmanship. In retirement from international cricket, his leadership has assumed even more outstanding proportions, his marshalling of the troops directly responsible for Rajasthan playing with a freedom, confidence and flair that hasn't always been their calling card.

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