After another IPL auction ended a few weeks back, almost all teams have strengthened their squad. One team that’s always been in the spotlight is Royal Challengers Bangalore. Despite having star-studded lineup including the likes of the world’s premier batsmen’s in the form of Virat and AB de Villiers they have never been able to get their hands on the trophy.
With a new coaching staff and a fresh look squad in place, can RCB finally break the deadlock?
RCB has roped in Mike Hesson as their Director of Cricketing Operations, he is one of the best cricketing brains going around right now. He was the coach of the New Zealand team when they reached the finals of the ICC World cup in 2015.
Add to that, Hesson had been in charge of Kings XI Punjab for the last few years where they did well. They’ve got an experienced franchise cricket coach in Simon Katich, who had tasted success with Trinbago Knight Riders in CPL, he was also the assistant coach of KKR for the last few seasons.
The whole RCB squad is going through a purple patch right now. As always their captain Virat Kohli is among the runs in International cricket, so is ABD in various franchise cricket tournaments around the world, he averages around 50+ in almost every T20 tournaments that he played last year. The biggest plus for RCB this season is the rise of young opener Devdutt Padikkal, he has shown his class in every domestic game he has appeared for Karnataka this season. Adding to this mix, young Joshua Philippe and Aaron Finch too are having a great run. Their expensive buy Chris Morris brings the required stability to the lineup.
One area that has always backfired RCB is their bowling, especially their death bowling. To rectify that they’ve purchased all-time great Dale Steyn along with Kane Richardson, Chris Morris, and Isuru Udana. Each very different in their style and approach. If RCB can handle these 3 according to the condition and play them according to the requirements of the pitch, their bowling unit will be one to look out for this season. With his retirement from international cricket, Dale Steyn’s injury now seems to be an issue of less concern. He has proved his fitness by playing an entire season of Mzansi super league and his bowling now seems to reflect his past. He has bowled with an overall economy of 7.2 in the 3 games that he played in the Big Bash so far.
RCB’s Indian bowlers are also going through the form of their life. RCB’s Indian quicks Navdeep Saini and Umesh Yadav are improving day by day. Umesh had a fabulous year of test cricket and domestic cricket. With Washington Sundar almost cementing his place in the Indian T20I side and Yuzvendra Chanal continuing his good form, things look positive for RCB this season.
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