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IPL 2020 Team Review: Royal Challengers Bangalore

The 2019 IPL campaign was one to forget for Royal Challengers Bangalore. This had put a huge pressure from all the angles about winning the Indian Premier League (IPL), a trophy Royal Challengers Bangalore has never won. Whether the criticism is fair or not is a different story, but all eyes will be watching Royal Challengers Banglore this season, as they enter this campaign coveting above all the prize, they will also look to mark the end of a gruelling pursuit of silverware for Royal Challengers Bangalore and their fans, but also expect a now a beginning.

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE SQUAD:

Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Gurkeerat Mann, Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Dale Steyn, Isuru Udana, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Pavan Deshpande, Parthiv Patel, Joshua Philippe, Shahbaz Ahamad.

Season 2020

Embarking on a new season in 2020 there were plenty of reasons for optimism. The Franchise acted quickly and enacted a major overhaul of their team management, appointing Mike Hesson as director of Cricket & Simon Katich as head coach. RCB management made significant changes, releasing 6 foreigners and invested in 4 overseas bowling reinforcements. Chris Morris, Dale Steyn, Isuru Udana and, Adam Zampa (Replacing Kane Richardson). Which constitute a moved away approach from the batting heavy approach for which they were renowned for, it amounts to a belated recognition that their previous approach failed. They know they have the talent and depth to sustain a challenge.

Bangalore

Devdutt Paddikal, the highly thought of Indian Batsman the whom Hesson rates so highly after his exploit in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy. Has been teetering on the brink of nailing down a regular starting berth which could be realised in the upcoming 3 weeks.

On Sunday, RCB teased fans with a picture of AB de Villiers from his wicket keeping drill during the players. If this practically happens, Making AB keeps wickets is not a strong decision but a great signal of intent ahead of the upcoming season, another internal candidate for the job of injecting more penetration and specialization in this department is Josh Philippe.

Bangalore

Australian Prodigy made only fleeting impressions in Big Bash last season, which eventually earned him a place 26-man preliminary squad of players to begin training ahead of a possible tour to England.

There are concerns in the figurehead department, as Virat Kohli inability to maintain a strategic presence in a tight tactical battle & often backfire & it has hugely alleviated RCB problems over the years. It is clear that RCB will need a calm head of Virat Kohli, more inspirational mantle as they pursue the franchise first title, a truly ludicrous stretch for a United Spirit Limited.

Probable XI

Aaron Finch
Devdutt Paddikal
Virat Kohli (C)
AB de Villers (wk)
Moeen Ali
Shivam Dube
Chris Morris
Washington Sundar
Umesh Yadav
Navdeep Saini
Yuzvendra Chahal

Position and overseas slot of Finch & Moeen Ali are most likely to vary and the tight call is most likely to be measured between the swap. RCB played the wise game by investing Rs.10 crore on South African all-rounder Chris Morris & he is mostly like to feature in the majority of games, given his credentials in death overs and firing runs as pace hitter low down the order, makes him a required asset which is essential to compliment the balance in the side.

Coach’s take
“We have got Udana, Morris, and Steyn. Navdeep Saini has done the job nicely and our spinners too will play a big part. We got Chahal who is an exceptional bowler and a nice mix of spinners (Shahbaz Nadeem, Pawan Negi, Moeen Ali). We think we are not so much reliant on our batting and have a balanced unit. “We were looking for guys at the top of their game in international cricket. Finch was high on that list. As a player and captain, he has done well for Australia. He is a good player of spin and brings leadership in the group and Katich said Finch’s presence will benefit Kohli, who also has greats like AB de Villers & Steyn to turn to help” Simon Katich & Mike Hesson.

Author’s Take

Given the intent from Simon and Mike on their structural issues & huge emphasis on backing and putting faith in homegrown domestic players with respect to overseas contingent, it seems like it is a positive sign for RCB supporters. Behold what the future holds, we predict RCB to compete for Top 4 spot & couple of good days in Knockouts it is Ee Sala Cup Namde to Bangalore faithfuls.

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