With the Royal Challengers Bangalore [RCB] once again failing to win their maiden IPL title following their defeat to SunRisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator, pundits, as well as fans, have started to dissect the Virat Kohli-led franchise campaign.
While the likes of Gautam Gambhir have called for the sacking of Virat Kohli, former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has come up with advice to the RCB think-tank where he has asked them to focus on bolstering their bowling rather than beefing up their batting-unit.
Sammy expressed his thoughts via his official Twitter account where he wrote-
”My thoughts for RCB next season “ Batters win you games, Bowlers win you tournaments” unless that happens there will not be an #IPL trophy in the cabinet,”
My thoughts for RCB next season “ Batters win you games, Bowlers win you tournaments” unless that happens there will not be an #IPL trophy in the cabinet…
— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) November 7, 2020
RCB’s batting was their chief nemesis this season
Interestingly, this was a rare season when the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling unit actually outperformed their famed batting. The likes of Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar and Chris Morris were superb throughout the season while Mohammed Siraj too chipped-in with some valuable performances, as did Adam Zampa in the Eliminator.
If one looks at the numbers, RCB’s economy rate of 7.97 was third-best in the entire competition. Their bowling-unit claimed a wicket every 21.5 balls- the 5th best in thr season.
On the flip side, it was their batting that really led them down this year. While Devdutt Padikkal was brilliant at the top of the order and the likes of Virat Kohli- even though he was not at his best- and AB de Villiers spearheaded the middle-order, the lack of performances by Aaron Finch at the top of the order and a soft under-belly [Read- Middle-Order] proved to be their Achilles heel.
As far as the numbers are concerned, RCB’s batting run-rate of 7.87 was the worst among the 8 teams, as was their boundary count- 3.79 boundaries per over.