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.
Full IPL schedule has been officially released. The first 5 matches of IPL 2020 will be:
MI Vs CSK: 19th Sep, 7.30pm, Abu Dhabi.
DC Vs KXIP: 20th Sep, 7.30pm, Dubai.
SRH Vs RCB: 21st Sep, 7.30pm, Dubai.
RR Vs CSK: 22nd Sep, 7.30pm, Dubai.
KKR Vs MI: 23rd Sep, 7.30pm, Abu Dhabi.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 6, 2020
Is there more reason to be boyish this year?
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.
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.
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.
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) December 19, 2019
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?
RCB IPL 2020 Preview – BATTING:
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.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) August 30, 2020
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.
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 :
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.
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.
People don't consider Dale Steyn a good T20 bowler despite a brilliant record
T20Is – 61 wickets @ 17.51, Eco 6.8
IPL – 96 wickets @ 24.74, Eco 6.77
And in T20s economy rate matters more than average… will see how other pacers perform at 36/37… Steyn is underrated in T20s
— JSK (@imjsk27) December 19, 2019
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 :
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?
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.
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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