IPL 2020: RCB Team Preview - Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers need others to step up for Bangalore to turn the tide
If AB de Villiers is willing to don the wicketkeeping gloves, RCB will have much better balance.
Talking about the last five years, Royal Challengers Bangalore had a decent run in 2015 and finished as the runners up in 2016. However, their performances in the last three years have been dismal, with the team ending at the bottom of the table twice in this period.
There has been a revamp in the Royal Challengers Bangalore management with Mike Hesson and Simon Katich coming in. Both the Bangalore fans and the franchise owners will expect them to work their magic.
Only AB and Virat not enough
Royal Challengers Bangalore have two of the biggest names in the business - Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers - probably one fourth of the entire star value of the Indian Premier League. However, the same story has been repeating itself over the last few years.
The inability of the supporting cast to assist the main leads not only effects the performance of the team terribly but also weighs down the two superstars who perform well, but possibly don't reach their potential.
Can Finch take load off AB and Virat?
In terms of overseas picks, RCB have Aaron Finch, Chris Morris and Dale Steyn, who will have to step up in order to make things easier for Virat and AB.
Although RCB have made a few amends this year, their batting remains weak. The onus will be on Aaron Finch, who does not have great IPL numbers, to translate his international form in the IPL and give the team a good start.
Will ABD keep instead of Parthiv?
RCB would desperately want to play 20-year-old Kerala batsman Devdutt Padikkal, who has been on fire in domestic cricket. From 12 T20 matches, the opener averages close to 65 and strikes at more than 175. They will then have to bench Parthiv Patel and that is only possible if AB de Villiers decides to keep wickets.
ABD has been seen practicing his keeping in the UAE and if that does materialize, RCB will gain a lot of balance. Still, with either Shivam Dube or Gurkeerat Singh Mann to bat at 5, their batting will be weak.
Morris, Saini and Styen - RCB's death bowlers
Chris Morris will have to do a lot of heavy lifting to play the role of the finisher as well as bowl at the death for RCB. Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini are the Indian pace bowling options that the side has. While Yadav will bowl out by the 13th-14th over, Saini in expected to take the role of the death bowler with Dale Steyn, who might just turn out to be what Bangalore need at the death if he can maintain his fitness.
Mohammad Siraj and Sri Lanka's Isuru Udana are their other options. Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal will play as RCB's leading spinners. Adam Zampa, Pawan Negi and Moeen Ali are the other options that RCB have.
Probable Starting XI
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) - Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(wk), Gurkeerat Singh Mann/Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) - Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Chris Morris, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shivam Dubey, Aaron Finch, Umesh Yadav, Kane Richardson, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Dale Steyn, Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Isuru Udana, Devdutt Padikkal, Shahbaz Ahamad, Joshua Philippe, Pavan Deshpande
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