by Gomathi Rajam
Royal Challengers Bangalore, the team attached with the customary underachievers tagline has unfolded a dreadful start to their IPL campaign with a successive six defeats appalling their fans and supporters. The team is currently at the bottom of the table with zero wins. Just like all the other years, RCB at the beginning of the season earned the likes of many and was a team with a fair chance of clinching the title.
Here are four things we learned on RCB’s confidence-sapping campaign so far.
On finishing sixth the last season, the team, this season, has eradicated all their big shots and has gone for a team pooled in with domestic talents. It has undeniably left them incompetent in a high profile tournament amidst teams with explosive cricketers vying for the title. The six match defeat has exposed their dearth of game changing players like Russell, Pollard who can be relied on to pull the game along.
Bowlers lacking ruthless rabidity
The fact that they lack a dominating bowling attack and a good batting lineup is discernible. Chahal being their only go to bowler is not complimented with another effective bowler on the end who can control the leakage of runs. They have no spinning combinations that can get them the required breakthroughs.
In the first four matches the bowling combinations of Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini and Mohammed Siraj did not work as expected, and they have tried Southee, Saini and Siraj the following two matches and somehow that has also proven to be ineffective and has not fetched them the desired results. Their loss against SRH and KKR has put their bowlers on the scanner.
The team primarily revolves around Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers and it can be can be referred to as a one man team. When batting is concerned the team is totally on the shoulders of Kohli and De Villiers as they are their sole performers with Parthiv Patel being an exception up and until now Chahal is their only promising bowler.
With a huge responsibility of being the core of the team and the added pressure of continuous defeats, Virat Kohli and his wobbling form seems to be a go to option to point fingers at as the one man team seems to be quite under the weather, unable to get a single victory without Kohli’s support.
Big guns not living up to their standards
The team unlike all the other years, is facing issues with the batting as well. They are unable to set themselves on the right partnerships that can get them the runs. Opening partnerships is the most vital element to reach high scores and the inability to get one has weighed them down in a number of occasions. With Parthiv Patel on an end they are unable to fit any other batsman on the other end. The team has tried out various partnerships all of which has gone in vain. Shimron Hetmyer’s form has undoubtedly impacted heavily.
Despite being filled in with All-Rounders RCB is yet to witness an All-round show from any of them. Marcus Stoinis and Colin De Grandhomme who are expected to fill in the roles have proven to be failures.
This season start was not an easy one for RCB and their fans. Sitting so far down the table with eight more matches to go is not promising given the diverse pool of talents at their disposal.
Six winless run to the season can be very demoralizing for players, and Kohli will be the first to tell them to let this one go. They have another important game coming on Wednesday against KXIP, and that’s what their focus will be one now.
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