Royal Challengers Bangalore have suffered a morale-damaging three consecutive defeats in IPL 5.
Bangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore may have suffered a morale-damaging three consecutive defeats, but Pune Warriors India captain Sourav Ganguly ruled out suggestions that his team start as favourites against the home side in an Indian Premier League 5 match in Bangalore on Tuesday.
Ganguly said RCB have immense firepower to turn the tide in their favour at any point of time in the tournament. "I don't think in this format anybody is a favourite. Tomorrow is a new day and could be different. RCB have some terrific players who can change things. But we are looking to fire tomorrow as well," he told reporters at the pre-match press conference on Monday.
Contrary to RCB captain Daniel Vettori's concern over chasing targets on the M Chinnaswamy stadium wicket, Ganguly said the turf looked in good shape for the encounter. Vettori had said that the pitch at the Chinnaswamy changed in the second innings, making life difficult for the batsmen, after his side's 59-run loss to Rajasthan Royals on Sunday.
Ganguly was also upbeat about his team's performance after wins in three out of their four matches so far, which included wins over formidable outfits like Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. "We have played well and have won three out of the four matches. We beat Mumbai and Chennai, but it is still early days. There is time for everyone to get back into form," he said.
Meanwhile, RCB opener Mayank Agarwal said his team was looking to bounce back rather than brooding over past mistakes. "We can't change past mistakes. We are looking to bounce back. Least we can do is think positive and go out and perform," he said. Mayank also said RCB were in a similar situation in the last season of IPL as well, losing three matches on the trot after winning the first, and their recovery last year would give them hope for this season as well.