India’s excellent performance in the ongoing T20I series against New Zealand has left the fans excited. Virat Kohli’s men have been clinical in the five-match series as they have won all the four games played so far. This is the first time that India won a T20I series in New Zealand and the mood is understandably upbeat.
Meanwhile, former India Test opener Aakash Chopra has a different angle of seeing things. After India beat the Black Caps in yet another thriller that went down to the super over, Chopra pointed out that a number of Indian cricketers who are playing in the series against New Zealand are also there in the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League. Those players include, besides Kohli, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar and Navdeep Saini.
India tested their reserve strength in the fourth T20I in Wellington and emerged winner although the likes of Sundar and Saini did not have a field day exactly. Sundar fell for a duck while both him and Saini went for runs in bowling.
Kohli, Chahal, Dube, Sundar, Saini….five current Indian T20i players. All of them were in the playing XI today. Add Finch, ABDV, Mooen and Steyn/Morris/Kane Richardson to it. Plus Devdutt Pallikal. Gimme a reason why #RCB shouldn’t do well in #IPL2020
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 31, 2020
To that, Chopra added other overseas names like AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Aaron Finch, Daley Steyn, Kane Richardson and Chris Morris besides promising local lad Devdutt Pallikal. The 42-year-old Chopra, who works as a cricket commentator and analyst now, asked these players should give RCB enough hope of doing well in the IPL 2020 scheduled to begin in March.
RCB haven’t lifted the IPL trophy yet
RCB have been playing in the IPL since the inception in 2008 but never have they succeeded in winning the trophy. It made the finals thrice (2009, 2011 and 2016) but finished as the second-best on all three occasions. Kohli has been leading the franchise in the IPL since 2013 but has only been able to take them to the finals in 2016 when they lost closely to Sunrisers Hyderabad.
For the past few years, RCB’s performance in the T20 tournament has been ordinary, despite a complete overhauling of players and coaching crew. There have been a lot of good individual shows but as a team, Bangalore have not been able to make it click.
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