The most awaited mega-auction of IPL took place this year where many players found new homes after the auction. Royal Challengers Bangalore surprised everyone with the retention of Sarfaraz Khan while that of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers was a known truth waiting to be revealed. Coming into the auction RCB wanted to address their long-lasting problem, the bowling department. Did they address it properly?
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) March 14, 2018
Here we take a look into the departments seperately and how the team has shaped up or can shape up as a whole:
○Positives: As it has been the story since the inception of IPL, their batting line-up is once again, one of the strongests. They would be very happy getting Brendon McCullum and Quinton De Kock. McCullum is an explosive batsman who can send the ball soaring into the stands right from his first ball. The Indian recruits Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh and wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel can strike the ball at will and up the scoring ante in little time. The long RCB batting line-up means lesser pressure on the shoulders of Virat and AB whose main job will be to anchor the innings amidst the presence of some other notable hitters of the ball.
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— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) March 16, 2018
○Negatives: Any team would want their best batsman to face the most number of deliveries in an innings but RCB having five openers in their squad means that, Virat Kohli would be stepping down to no.3. The batting is a bit over-reliant on AB and Virat.
○X-Factor: Virat Kohli. If he hits form then it is nearly impossible for the opposition to get him out and RCB’s fortunes would rocket up. If he repeats his performances like that of 2016 IPL, then RCB will be well on their course for their first ever IPL championship.
○Rating: 8.5 on 10
○Positives: RCB has got a pool of bowlers to address their bowling woes. The Indian talent they got looks lethal.Mohammad Siraj, the raw talented-pacer from Hyderabad will be looking to have a great season after having a bad start to his international career. Recruits like Southee, Woakes, Umesh and Coulter-Nile can trouble the opposition batsmen with their pace and swing.Chahal’s wrist spin on the slow surface of Chinnaswamy will play a key role.
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○Negatives: The uncapped Indian bowlers have no experience of bowling to players of international standards. There would be high pressure on them to deliver as RCB would most probably have 3 batsmen fill their available 4 overseas slots.If Chahal has a bad day, then the opposition batsmen may cash on and dent the confidence of the uncapped pacers by scoring quick runs.
○X-Factor: Yuzvendra Chahal. He has a very good record in T20s and if he can avoid bowling freebies, then opposition batsmen will be choked for runs and might lose their wicket eventually, which may trigger a collapse.
○Rating: 6.5 Out of 10
○Positives: The fielding department looks exceptional with the likes of Virat, AB and McCullum in their ranks. These are fielders who can save precious runs in the field with their exceptional efforts and ultra-fast movement.Umesh, Southee and Coulter-Nile, too are quick on the boundary line and their quick arm may find the batsman short of the crease and get them run-out.
○Negatives: Sarfaraz Khan is slow on the field and has dropped few catches in the past.Chahal’s catching skills are poor and he has dropped many catches of his own bowling. There are other players who are not quite known for their fielding.
○X-Factor: AB de Villiers is one of the quickest fielders around and the batsmen won’t take a chance against his lightning quick arm.He saves precious runs for the team with his dives and athletic skills.
○Rating: 9 Out Of 10
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— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) March 13, 2018
Time and again, Virat Kohli has proved that he is a great leader with his immaculate decisions. His aggression sometimes goes overboard, which if controlled, could prove priceless in his captaincy.
Daniel Vettori didn’t have great success as a coach last season and he would be looking to make amendments by helping this team stick together and have a successful run this season.
The squad looks well-equipped in all the departments and can reach the pinnacle if the talent is converted into match-winning performances on a consistent basis.