IPL 2019: Royal Challengers Bangalore - RCB SWOT Analysis - Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat
After bagging 24 players, Royal Challengers Bangalore have the minimum purse remaining post-auctions among all franchises. They are left with just Rs 1.8 crore while both Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals have more than Rs 7 crore remaining despite picking one player more than RCB.
In 11 seasons so far, RCB have finished runners-up thrice in 2009, 2011 and 2016 and have made the semi-finals once but have never been able to win the title. They have also ended with the wooden spoon multiple times.
One thing is for sure with Royal Challengers Bangalore - whether they do well or not, there is always a lot of interest surrounding the team as their fan following is quite loyal. Especially, with Indian captain Virat Kohli leading the franchise, it is obvious that a lot of fanfare is directed towards the team.
Umesh Yadav, with his pace and swing, will take the new ball. Yuzvendra Chahal remains the team's trump card and has got a lot of success over the years for the franchise. The team also has three good Indian pacers in Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya and Mohammed Siraj and two out of these are expected to play.
Coulter-Nile would be the spearhead of the bowling along with Tim Southee. Royal Challengers Bangalore went for a lot of runs last year, especially in the slog overs and they would bank on these two bowlers to bowl tight at the death.
While the team has enough firepower in the batting lineup, the success of the team would depend on the bowlers. Traditionally, the team has never been short of runs but has not been able to restrict the opposition once the floodgates open.
The onus would be on their foreign picks in Nathan Coulter-Nile and Tim Southee who are expected to be the bowling pair at the death. If the duo can outsmart the batters, RCB would continue to climb in the leadersboard.
The team will also be on the lookout for their finisher. Mandeep Singh did the job for the team last year but he has been traded to Kings XI Punjab against Marcus Stoinis. Stoinis performed exceptionally well in the Big Bash League this year and has also been doing well in international cricket.
However, one has to remember that Stoinis batted at the top of the order for Melbourne Stars and that is where he got most of his success. He has struggled in subcontinent conditions where the ball does not come on to the bat. To add to that, he does not play the spinners well and struggles to read the wrist spinners from the hand which has led to his downfall multiple times.
Nathan Coulter-Nile might be that man for them as he has the strength to clobber a couple of sixes towards the fag end of the innings and is an under-rated batsman.
Quinton de Kock will no longer be a part of the side and Parthiv Patel will keep wicket. Patel will also open the batting along with Virat Kohli while AB de Villiers is expected to bat at No. 3. The team broke the bank by bagging all-rounder Shivam Dubey at Rs 5 crore and he would slot in the middle order.
RCB has roped in seven international players - AB de Villiers, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Shimron Hetmyer, Heinrich Klassen and Marcus Stoinis. It is highly unlikely that Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Shimron Hetmyer and Heinrich Klassen get picked in the first eleven but they will certainly get opportunities in the following matches.
One cannot say that the team has underperformed over the years but they certainly have had been in positions to win titles and have choked at crucial moments, hence earning the unwanted tag of chokers.
It is just a coincidence that somebody who would have been familiar with the term over the years, AB de Villiers, is also one of the integral parts of the side. This season would bring a new set of emotions for the ABD fans as this is the first time that he is featuring in the IPL post retirement. de Villiers has been doing well in the Pakistan Super League. He also notched up a century in the Bangladesh Premier League and hence is not short of match practice.
Retained: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya,
Traded: Marcus Stoinis against Mandeep Singh from KXIP
Purchased players in Auction: Shimron Hetmyer (4.2 cr), Devdutt Padikkal (20 lakh), Shivam Dube (5 cr), Heinrich Klassen (50 lakh), Gurkeerat Singh (50 lakh), Himmat Singh (Rs 65 lakh), Prayas Ray Barman (Rs 1.5 cr)
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