IPL 2020: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have been perpetual underperformers in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Despite boasting a number of the most important players in cricket, RCB are unable to have their mark in the IPL. There have been many debates regarding their team selection as RCB are one of the only few teams who are yet to win the IPL title. RCB’s skipper Virat Kohli and former South African cricketer AB de Villiers have led the road for the franchise with support coming from other players. This season, they will again be looking to grab their first ever IPL trophy.
RCB bought some talented cricketers like Aaron Finch and Chris Morris to offer them better stability. They have also strengthened their team with the addition of a new coaching staff as former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson and former Australian cricket Simon Katich joins the Bangalore-based team.
Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar talked about Royal Challengers Bangalore’s struggle as he feels that a team like RCB not winning an IPL is like a puzzle.
“Why a team like RCB has zero titles so far is like a puzzle. Any franchise that has Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in the team should never be in need of runs and perhaps that is also a drag. When these two great players have failed, like humans sometimes do, the others have not put their hands up”, Sunil Gavaskar wrote in his column for sports magazine, Sportstar. Apart from that, he also picked a player who he thinks could be a match-winner for the Royal Challengers Bangalore on slower pitches in the UAE.
“On pitches that will get slower as the match progresses, it will be a good idea to have both the champion batsmen (Kohli and De Villiers) open the batting while the ball is new and hard. The ball can come on to the bat nicely than when the spinners are operating. Yuzvendra Chahal will be a key-player for the RCB this season. He could be a match-winner on those type of pitches”, Gavaskar added.
RCB plays their first game of the Dream11 IPL 2020 against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on September 21 at the Dubai International Stadium.