They have been called favorites due to their power-packed batting department with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers leading the line. But the susceptible bowling department has always led to their downfall with too much onus being put on Kohli and de Villiers.
Indian Premier League title is something that has escaped the Royal Challengers Bangalore since its inception in 2008. They have been called a favorite because of their power-packed batting department with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers led the line. But the bowling department vulnerable always led to their downfall with too much responsibility placed on Kohli and de Villiers. They could not even qualify for the playoffs the last two seasons and finished last in 2019.
This has led to calls for changes in the RCB captain. Kohli has been the captain of RCB over the last 3 seasons, but things did not increase much. But why RCB is not able to take the next step in their quest for the title? Former captain and two-time champions KKR IPL Gautam Gambhir highlights several reasons why RCB had failed to go off.
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“What Virat Kohli said, when you are satisfied with your squad as captain, you must have planned the playing XI you want to play. If you are satisfied, then the calmness also comes along. Because there are times that you do not come to know the best XI in the entire tournament and that is why you are making a lot of changes, “said Gambhir on Star Sports’ Cricket Connected event.
“I still feel that RCB looks a little batting-heavy. But one thing that you will see a little different is that the bowlers will be happy because they will not have to play 7 matches at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.”
Gambhir also pointed out the difference in captaincy styles of MS Dhoni and Kohli. Gambhir wants RCB to persist with a starting XI for 6-7 games to give them consistency.
“The biggest difference between Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni is that MS Dhoni persists with his players for 6-7 matches. If you see RCB’s trend, they make changes very quickly because they have a doubt that their playing XI does not have a proper balance.”
“So I would want to see from RCB that even if the start is not good, they should persist with their playing XI and give them 6-7 matches. Because then only the players will give you performances and not if you give one or two matches. So if Virat Kohli has calmness in his mind that this is the most balanced squad, the important thing will be how they perform and how much he persists with these players.”
RCB will play their first game of IPL 2020 against Sunrisers Hyderabad on 21st September at the Dubai International Stadium.
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