One more Indian Premier League (IPL) season is nearing its fag end and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchisee once again finds itself in a miserable situation. In what has been another disappointing season, the Virat Kohli-led team has only managed to record five wins in 14 games played in the ongoing 12th edition of the IPL, while one of them has ended without a result. The Bangalore-based franchisee’s IPL 2019 campaign was divided into two halves.
The franchise started off their season in the IPL with six straight losses and despite a few wins in between, that looked like a comeback, they managed to sit on the most bottom position on the points table all season. However, they did manage to end things on a positive note by winning the last game by 4 wickets against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday.
Poor team selection was the main reason
During a recent interview, former Indian spin bowling legend Anil Kumble revealed that poor decision making was a big reason for RCB’s failure in the IPL 2019. Kumble mentioned that the RCB batting were too heavily reliant on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers as when they failed, the remaining batsmen also couldn’t perform. He also stated that the bowlers lacked consistency and this added to their woes.
“Selections made by RCB didn’t go their way. They picked only 3 foreign players in their playing XI. The batting was heavily dependent on AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. However, when the duo failed, the remaining batting couldn’t just perform. Add to that the bowling woes for the franchise, as their senior bowler Umesh Yadav was highly inconsistent.
Yuzvendra Chahal was at his best. But losing Moeen Ali and Marcus Stoinis was bad for the team just when they were gaining steam. Dale Steyn came in for two games and impressed lot, but his injury was unfortunate,” quoted Anil Kumble.
The former leg-spinner further also opened up on the positive aspects for RCB. He heaped praises on Navdeep Saini and reckoned that the speedster has got pace, character and temperament of bowling in the T20 format. Kumble mentioned that Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Shimron Hetmyer showed their worth in the last game against SRH, playing match-winning knocks. The former Indian skipper revealed that Parthiv Patel also did really well for RCB this year.
“Navdeep Saini has got pace, character, and temperament of bowling in T20 game. Shimron Hetmyer in the last game was exciting and along with Gurkeerat must form their middle order in the coming season. Parthiv Patel was brilliant at the top and this time he just didn’t play quickfire cameos, but played crucial innings,” Kumble added.