Time for the perennial underachievers to Stand Up & get Counted?

Updated: Sep 18

One of the most flamboyant team with no titles to their name, this makes RCB favorite for both the fans and critics. Death bowling has been their Achilles heel and apart from 1 season when they had Mitchell Starc in their ranks they have always come up short in their bowling department.

That problem can be addressed if Chris Morris lives upto the stats - which show him to have the least economic rate in the last 5 overs in past 5 years of IPL .


Let's try and analyse them a bit more to come to educated assumption about their position come the fag end of the tournament.


Top Buys:

Chris Morris:

Death Bowling and Powerpack Finishing


Aaron Finch:

A natural leader chosen to give them good starts at the top of the order.


Joshua Phillipe:

Touted to be younger version of ABD. A backup for him along with sharing wicketkeeping duties if need arises.


Dale Steyn:

People say he is past his prime but you can count him out at your own risk.


Newbies on the block:

1)Devdutt Paddikal:

The highest scorer for Vijay Hazare trophy and Syed Mustaq Ali trophy. If ABD gets the wicketkeeping duties he can form an explosive partner at the top of the order.


2)Isru Udana :

His toe crushing yorkers and economical bowling at the death will be needed during the course of the tournament.


3)Joshua Phillipe:

Had an impressive BBL and would want to make the most his chances as and when he gets them.


Key Players for RCB:

1)Virat Kohli:

The highest run scorer of the tournament without a trophy is record which he would want to rectify this season.

2)Ab De Villiers:

If his performance in solidarity cup was a sign of things to come then we are in for a treat this IPL. Like Kohli, ABD would want to finally get his hand on the IPL trophy.


3)Chris Morris:

His death bowling and finishing with the bat will prove vital in improving the chances for RCB this season. With him, the team now has a proven finisher in both the departments.


Exciting 11

Aaron Finch

Virat Kohli

Ab de Villiers

Devdutt Paddikal

Moen Ali

Shivam Dube

Chris Morris

Washington Sundar

Yuzvendra Chahal

Navdeep Saini

Umesh Yadav


Reserves:

Isru Udana

Joshua Phillipe

Parthiv Patel

Dale Steyn


Prediction:

I think they have a very good chance of qualifying for the playoffs. Their starting 11 along with some reserves player give them a balanced look for the pitches in UAE.


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