Kevin Pietersen, former England captain, believes the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore [RCB] have always struggled with their bowling resources in the IPL, and that it one of the reasons why they have underperformed for a major part of the last 12 years despite having the services of some of the greatest batsman in the world.
Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore will kickstart their campaign on Monday and the franchise will hope that they shrug off their horrors of the bowling department this time around.
Kevin Pietersen recently gave his thoughts on why RCB has struggled in the IPL, especially in the past three seasons, where the former skipper pointed towards their weak bowling resources.
”I don’t know how many IPLs I have done now, sitting here and previewing every single one of them. It’s always that question about RCB and can they do it. Now, they are proven performers with the bat, they can bat and are brilliant with the bat. They have the greatest batsman, the greatest modern-day batsman that’s in their team, they’ve got the second greatest modern-day batman that’s in their team as well. They form a formidable batting partnership and I stress the batting partnership because what they’ve lacked is bowlers,” Kevin Pietersen said on Star Sports show ‘BYJU’s ‘Cricket Live’
RCB made a number of good acquisitions in last years auction to strengthen their bowling unit
They acquired the services of Dale Steyn, Isuru Udana, and Chris Morris before bringing in leg-spinner Adam Zampa as a last-minute replacement for Kane Richardson.
”Last year, when Dale Steyn came over, having lost a number of games in a row, they got a fast bowler and they started to win a couple of games. So, the strength and depth that they would have brought into that, the acquisition of Adam Zampa as well has been good,” he added.
The Challengers will kickstart their campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday and once again the spotlight will be on their bowling unit. Can the likes of Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini, or their overseas fast bowlers deliver under pressure? We’ll see.