by Gomathi Rajam

Despite no silverware, RCB fans still, have a right to dream big this time around.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore have been one of the compact sides in every edition of the IPL played thus far. Some jinx has prevailed that they have never found themselves posing with the winning trophy. They have always been a team that has choked in the matches that mattered. This season too, the Bangalore side has it all to lift the title, but will it?

Ever Since the first season, RCB with the best set of players should have lifted the trophy a number of times but has not yet, even once. Aced up with a strong batting line, it was their bowling that has always let them down. Though they had bowlers who could provide the initial breakthroughs, they lacked bowlers who could bowl well at slog.

Despite having all what it takes, they have failed to put up a team show. The team will be carried by one or two players. Unlike their usual auction strategy, they got rid of all their high profile players and opted a team with uncapped young talents, who could fill in their missing pieces.

For this year, the perennial bowling issues of the team has been addressed with the inclusion of Marcus Stoinis and Shivam Dube who can  empower the bowling as well as back up the middle order with the already loaded top order.

The Kiwi player, Colin De Grandhomme, who has been a major part of the team since last year, would empower the middle order and can be relied on for bowling as well. Going by all these means, they have solved their problems by fitting in players who can deliver multiple outputs. Shimron Hetmyer, the Windies Batsmen has also been plunged in and can work a good opening pair with Parthiv Patel. Further, Parthiv Patel has been backed up by Heinrich Klaasen who can bat anywhere and also is very good behind the wickets. The other positive factor is, they have decent back-ups for each spot which will push every player on the competitive edge. With all these changes made, the RCB has arrived at the perfect balance required and the dawn seems to be just a season away.

They were hardly hit last season as they finished off sixth at the points table with the skipper Virat Kohli and Umesh Yadhav being the star performers. Though packed with an exuberant batting line up the fact that they lack a strong bowling unit is inevitable.

Currently lead by Virat Kohli, it holds a terrific record of overseas and domestic players such as Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Kevin Peitersen, Daniel Vettori, Ab De Villiers, Chris Gayle, Umesh Yadhav, Vinay Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, Parthiv Patel. Though they have made it to the finals thrice the team connotes a perfect star-crossed relationship with the trophy.

The team has pooled in a number of uncapped players to fill in the unfilled gaps and with the perfect balance they seem to be quite on the edge of making history and lifting the trophy. RCB will look to find its footing in the tournament as quickly as possible, and consolidate its position at the earliest if it wants to win the IPL 2019.


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