IPL 2020 review: Virat Kohli's Bangalore back to square one after exciting start
After their first 10 group matches in IPL 2020, Royal Challengers Bangalore were well-placed with seven victories. Iffy tactics and changes meant that their win percentage of 70 was only going to deteriorate from then on.
Having finished with the wooden spoon in the last two seasons of the IPL, starting on a good note was crucial for Royal Challengers Bangalore. And, they did start well with a 10-run victory in their first encounter.
However, the team suffered a huge defeat against Kings XI Punjab in the next match. RCB pulled back things with victories over Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals in the next two games, and after their first four matches, they were looking good with three victories.
Riding their form, RCB became one of the first teams to reach 14 points, thus standing a chance of playoff qualification.
It seems that they reached their peak early in the tournament as things only went downhill for them from there on. The team lost each of their last five encounters, including the all-important Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad, to be knocked out of the tournament.
Batting runs out of steam
Australian opener Aaron Finch, after not delivering consistently, had to be dropped after RCB's 11th group match and there began the wholesale changes for the franchise.
Devdutt Padikkal was sensational for Bangalore at the top of the order, scoring 473 runs from 15 matches in the season but the likes of Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shivam Dube and Washington Sundar failed to contribute in the middle order.
Kohli, the batsman and captain
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers did well with over 450 runs each but no qualms in admitting that Kohli was certainly not at his best. The strike rates of Padikkal and Kohli were also not ideal, with both striking at under 125 which was a major concern for RCB towards the end of the tournament as they could not get enough runs on the board for their bowlers to defend.
In terms of captaincy as well, Kohli made a few questionable moves with respect to team combinations. Tactically as well, a lot was left to be desired. With no title to show for after eight seasons as captain, demands have begun for Kohli to step down from captaincy.
Chris Morris was easily the best-performing player for Royal Challengers Bangalore once he became fit, with a couple of good hits with the bat and 11 wickets at an average of under 20 and an economy of 6.63.
However, he missed a crucial part of the tournament's beginning due to an injury and then missed the all-important Eliminator. One can only wonder if Morris had been fit and firing throughout the season, would RCB's fate have been different?
Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(wk), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
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