Without a shred of doubt, one can state that the year 2020 belongs to the slam-bang version of the game. Most of the international teams will be playing bilateral series in the build-up to the T20 championship scheduled in Australia later in the year. Besides several T20 tournaments will be played around the globe. On its road, this carnival will entertain the cricketing community and one of the important stops is India where the 13th edition of IPL will take the center stage in the coming months.
Once again it will be a special event as the tournament is entering a new decade with whole new possibilities. One such possibility for which the fans are eagerly waiting is Royal Challengers Bangalore’s maiden IPL title. Though the team has been charming the audience with their brand of cricket their championship cupboard is bare. So its time that the Virat Kohli-led side turns the tide as the team has all the weapons to win this iconic seven-week battle.
Here is the list of 5 reasons why Royal Challengers Bangalore can win IPL 2020:
1. Trusting the Indian core
Historically the Bangalore franchise has always believed in foreign investments and it is evident from their choices in the past. Whether it is the appointment of Kevin Pietersen as their skipper in the 2009 IPL or making players like Ab De Villiers and Chris Gayle Bangalore’s local heroes they have usually placed their bets on overseas commodities. Yet the things haven’t been favourable for the Bold Army and that’s why now they have turned towards the domestic talents.
RCB has finally decided to utilize the products of Indian origin to fulfil their IPL dreams. In simple terms, this time the Virat Kohli-led side is banking on their home-grown talents to reverse their IPL fortunes. Especially one can clearly understand their change of plans for the upcoming season from their list of retained players.
Instead of retaining international stars like Shimron Hetmyer and Colin de Grandhomme they have focused on nurturing Indian domestic talents. Players like Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, and Gurkeerat Mann have been trusted with their abilities and are most likely to form the core of the team in the 13th edition. In the history of the league, a team having a strong Indian core has usually won championships so Bangalore has already taken a step in the right direction.
2. In-form batting group
When it comes to Royal Challengers Bangalore the franchise has been home to some of the world-class batsmen. Kevin Pietersen, Ross Taylor, and Chris Gayle are some of the names which once served the batting department of RCB. Even now they have two geniuses in the form of Virat Kohli and Ab De Villiers who have been carrying the team’s batting hopes for the last 10 years.
However, the team has often failed to find suitable allies to complement these batting superstars. Throughout their IPL saga, it has been an area of big concern for the franchise. Especially in the last 4 years not a single batsmen from the team has scored more than 400 runs in a season expect Kohli and ABD, which shows the team’s dependence on them. So it is quite obvious that the team needs some in-form batsmen to support their star players.
Luckily they have made the right decision by bagging players like Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal and Josh Philippe in the 2020 IPL auctions. All these players have been scoring heavily in the domestic T20 tournaments. Their recent form will certainly hold the team in good stead and it will also increase their winning chances. Besides, it will also allow ABD and Kohli to play freely which will be an ominous sign for the opposition teams.
3. Limited options
At first, the ‘limited options’ title might confuse one as cricket is a game where multiple options are usually considered as a boon for any team. Particularly in the shortest format of the game, T20s where the teams like to have as many options as possible to build a well-rounded side. That’s why most of the T20 franchises including IPL teams opt for a big squad consisting of 25 to 27 players.
Not only it will help the teams form different winning combinations but it will also help them cover for players who get injured midway through the tournament. Having said that the same cannot be said about the Bangalore franchise as they tend to over-experiment when there are too many resources at their disposal. To be precise, Virat Kohli is not a good captain when he is provided with a big squad.
For instance, in 2019 IPL he used as many as 22 options from the squad which consisted of 25 players. From that one can say that the team never played a game with a settled combination as Kohli tried to build an illusionary perfect XI. Keeping that in mind the franchise has trimmed the squad ahead of the 13th edition of IPL.
Now, with only 21 players in his vicinity, Kohli will be mostly sticking to a set plan which will serve the team for their good. Moreover, it will also force him to play consecutive games with the same playing XI which is a quality associated with winning teams
4. Proven death-over specialists
It’s quite disturbing to see the Bold Army struggling to find a commander for their bowling unit in every season. Even after spending millions in auctions they have never found a long-term solution to their bowling woes. Especially their poor death bowling skills have paved the way for some humiliating defeats in the last couple of years.
One can easily understand their death overs fiasco by looking at their record in the 2019 IPL where they conceded runs at an economy rate of 11.23. Still, it can be termed as an improvement as that number stood 11.87 at the end of IPL 2018. From these figures, it is clear that their death bowling needed a quick boost and that’s why now they have imported some specialists before the IPL 2020.
In short, the franchise has brought in the right personnel to put an end to their long-standing problems. They have added the likes of Chris Morris and Kane Richardson to the squad who have proven track record in the T20 tournaments around the globe. Both the bowlers have the necessary skill set to stop the run-flow in the final phase of the innings. Besides they have also picked Isuru Udana whose has been effective with his slow-ball variations in death overs.
5. Variety of all-rounders
In its 12-year history, RCB has enjoyed the services of some great all-rounders. From Jacques Kallis to Shane Watson they have tried every possible option to achieve the required balance in the team. Still, it is a facet where the franchise has faced numerous challenges as they have failed to recruit enough workforce in the department.
Most of the time, the Bangalore team has either opted for the heavy artillery in the batting or fast-bowling in the auctions. Eventually, they end up with abundant players of the same dimension which robs them of the required variety in the squad. As a result, they cannot expect runs from their lower order and similarly, their top-order will be unable to contribute with the ball which is not an ideal situation for a T20 team.
So with great attention to detail this time the franchise has tweaked their strategy by bringing in some quality all-rounders. Now they have fast-bowling all-rounders in the form of Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, and Isuru Udana. Besides they also have Moeen Ali and Washington Sundar as their spin all-rounders. In the end, it can be said that now Virat Kohli’s men look a completely balanced team.
With all their bases covered now the Bangalore team has enough firepower to win their maiden IPL championship.
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