RCB IPL 2020 Preview: Can The Royal Challengers Bangalore Win Their First Title?

Can a Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore win their first IPL title in 2020?
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RCB IPL 2020 preview

The Royal Challengers Bangalore are a difficult team to analyse. They often have a solid squad on paper but fail to translate to potential on the pitch. In this article we analyse if RCB could win IPL 2020 through a preview of their squad, including the probable XI, overseas players and team analysis.

Will the phrase ‘Ee Sala Cup Namde’ finally come to fruition? RCB have struggled to live up to their billings in the previous IPL’s. This, despite reaching three finals in the past. They reached the final in 2009, 2011 and 2016. However, RCB lost all three finals.

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RCB have revamped their squad yet again, but with a stable core. They performed well during the IPL 2020 Auction in December to address major weaknesses.

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Team :

In the auction, RCB retained most of their players just to make sure that they have their core team with them to follow up in the tournament.

Retained Players In The RCB Squad 2020: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Devdutt Padikkal.

The basic issue with RCB is their death bowling. They score enough runs that can be defended by a decent bowling line-up.

The ICC Men's World T20 will not take place in 2020 and the Indian Premier League could take place instead in the UAE
India’s Virat Kohli raises his bat celebrates after scoring a half-century (50 runs)during the World T20 men’s semi-final match between India and West Indies at The Wankhede Cricket Stadium in Mumbai on March 31, 2016. / AFP / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images)

But RCB has failed to do so which means that they need a good death bowler who can bowl a couple of overs and a couple in the powerplays. Guess what, there’s no better choice than the man himself: Dale Steyn. RCB got Steyn at a reasonable price. Moreover, they were more than happy to get Kane Richardson who can help the team with his cutters and slower one’s.

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RCB did get many options in bowling along with Chris Morris who can bat a bit as well and Isuru Udana who has a prior experience here at UAE. Hence, RCB went decent in the auction with a couple of good boys. Players which they bought in the auction are Aaron Finch, Chris Morris, Dale Steyn, Isuru Udana, Joshua Philippe, Kane Richardson, Pavan Deshpande and Shahbaz Ahmad.

Should the main concern be fixed, the Royal Challengers Bangalore could go the distance. Can RCB fix their death bowling woes in IPL 2020 to preview a spot in the play-offs?

Team Combinations

RCB IPL 2020 Preview – BATTING:

Can AB De Villiers and Aaron Finch with the bat lead Royal Challengers Bangalore win their first IPL title in 2020?
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 25: AB de Villiers celebrates taking a wicket during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Stars and the Brisbane Heat at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 25, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images)

We’ve already gone through the team of RCB. Now, let’s look at their team combinations. Firstly, the most important thing to ponder upon before talking about the team combinations is that de Villiers might keep for the team.

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Although this is not declared by the team management yet, neither the reason behind this but this is quite certain. This interestingly changes too many things for RCB.

Parthiv Patel being the former wicket-keeper batsman for the team now will have to fight for the opening slot where he usually bats. This year, the team has many contenders for the same though. Finch coming to the side loves to open, Devdutt Paddikal who had a brilliant domestic season is an opening batsman.

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Moreover, Kohli’s record as an opener is fantastic. Hence, the question arises, who will open for the side?

According to me, RCB must not experiment with many things at the beginning of the tournament. They must go with Parthiv opening with Finch and Kohli and number 3. Because history states that RCB don’t get a good start and therefore they struggle in the end. Finch being in good touch is very important for the team.

Because once they get a good start then Kohli can carry on the innings in the latter half.

RCB IPL 2020 Preview – BOWLING :

Dale Steyn will be key to RCB's title hopes in IPL 13 in the UAE
HOBART, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 11: Dale Steyn of South Africa bowls during game three of the One Day International series between Australia and South Africa at Blundstone Arena on November 11, 2018 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images/Getty Images)

RCB, fortunately, has good options in the bowling department this year. Although Morris provides a fine balance to the team. However, Steyn quite easily falls into my playing XI provided he’s fully fit. Saini and Yadav will most probably join the fast bowling department with Steyn. Siraj might switch with Yadav in some games.

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Coming to spin department, Chahal and Washington Sundar are obvious choices. Sundar might bowl with the new ball. He can grip the ball quite well with the new ball.

Also, as UAE’s pitches may favour spin bowlers, he might play a crucial role for the team. Also, he can bat a bit as well. Chahal and Sundar will be joined by Moeen Ali who has done reasonably well with the bat in the series against Pakistan.

He can turn some odd ones as well. UAE’s pitches being slow will help RCB in some or the other way.

RCB IPL 2020 Preview – ALL-ROUNDERS :

Can Moeen Ali perform to the best of his standards to help lead Royal Challengers Bangalore win their first IPL title in 2020?
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 21: Moeen Ali of England bowls during a England One Day Squad Warm Up Match at The Ageas Bowl on July 21, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images for ECB)

This department is quite difficult to choose from. For me, Steyn being the last foreign player in the team preceded by Finch, de Villiers and Moeen Ali, Morris doesn’t fall in the playing XI.

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Moeen batting at 5, there’s still a vacant place at number 6. There are two options to choose for number 6. One is Shivam Dube and the other is Gurkeerat Mann Singh. Gurkeerat seems a promising finisher compared to Shivam Dube. Hence, he makes his place in the side.

Will RCB win their first trophy this year?

Why was RCB not able to win the trophy for the longest time?

Virat Kohli's captaincy will be key to RCB's title hopes in 2020
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli with Rajasthan Royals captain Ajinkaya Rahane exchange plants as Rajasthan Royals foundation established ‘ Royal Amrita Devi Bishnoi Nursery’ at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur , Rajasthan, India , April 02 ,2019.(Photo By Vishal Bhatnagar/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

There are a couple of reasons. One of them is death bowling. is it sorted this year? According to me, it is well sorted with the inclusion of Morris and Steyn.

Moreover, spinners in Sunder and Moeen might be benefitted due to the overused pitches in UAE. Also, Finch can even help Virat in some decisions with his experience as a T20 captain for Australia.

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To summarize the RCB IPL 2020 Preview in short: If RCB get a good start at the beginning of the tournament and their spinners do well, they can surely do well.

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