The only consistent thing about RCB is that despite a star-studded lineup, they continue to be woeful. Somehow their mantra for the last 11 years seems to be – BUY GREAT PLAYERS- STILL, LOSE MATCHES- REPEAT.RCB is one team that seems to have got its selection wrong.
Unfortunately, most of the things are wrong with RCB every year.The star-studded lineup, destructive batsmen, and superb fan following- that has been RCB’s story for the last 11 years.
So what is wrong with RCB?
Let’s start with the auction first, Bangalore had a good auction this time around as they tried to cover up all their bases and they were more or less successful in doing so. A squad of 24 members gives the side a lot of balance, backup, and most important options.
Plenty of reserves and resources for RCB this time around. Bowling was always a concern for them but this time they did well to get some real flamboyant genuine bowlers.
Ok, so enough of the auction summary…. Now let’s talk about the loopholes in the lineup. RCB focused on their bowling lineup so much that they forgot there’s something called as a Middle Order in the playing XI
Yes, RCB’s woes are the middle order batsmen. In the 4 games that RCB have played so far what does their middle order look like?
- Mandeep Singh
- Sarfaraz Khan
- Pawan Negi
An era of T20 cricket where you need hard-hitting men as finishers, RCB lack that stint in their 1st playing XI. However it’s not that they don’t have reserves, and this is where arises the second major issue for them, Poor Team Selection.
RCB just can’t end their obsession with heavy batting lineups and their over dependencies over players like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum.
Due to which they use up their 3 out of 4 overseas picks for just the first 4 players of the XI
Qdk is not in the greatest of touches, so you can have Parthiv Patel at the start to open with Baz. You can play Tim Southee as an overseas pick to strengthen the bowling in the death overs. If I had to pick my 11 for the start it would look like this
–Parthiv Patel (wk) or Manan Vohra
–Brendon McCullum ( Can keep wickets if you play Vohra in place of Parthiv) (Overseas)
–Virat Kohli (C)
–AB de Villiers ( Another Keeper) (Overseas)
–Manan Vohra/ Mandeep Singh
–Colin de Grandhomme/ Moeen Ali (Depending on conditions) (Overseas)
–Tim Southee (Woakes although a wicket-taker has been very expensive) (Overseas).
I think this is a lot more balanced. I personally think Siraj is a must in the playing XI because I think his real potential is not in the death or in the Powerplay but in the Middle overs from 7–15
You get a nice finisher in the name of Colin and Moeen who both are in great form in recent times. However, it’s a long tournament and let’s see how RCB perform after a hick upstart.