Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have shared different fortunes in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Chennai franchise have enjoyed massive success in the lucrative tournament and are one of the most successful sides. On the contrary the Bengaluru franchise are yet to get their hands on the IPL title.
Former India batsman Rahul Dravid, who was associated with Rajasthan Royals during the inaugural editions decoded why the Chennai franchise have succeeded and RCB have failed.
CSK have advantage due to their owners: Rahul Dravid
India Cements, owners of the Chennai franchise, have been into the business of owning cricket teams. They have managed teams in smaller tournaments and the experience has helped them replicate success for CSK, believes Rahul Dravid.
Additionally, the Chennai franchise have people on the ground and scouting staffs at place which makes all the difference for them, the Test great added.
“When they got into the IPL, Chennai probably had an advantage over a lot of other franchises because their owners, India Cements, were already in the business of running cricket teams,” Dravid was as quoted in a book written by Tim Wigmore and Freddie Wilde.
“CSK was just the most high-profile team that they ran. So in a sense they’ve always had people on the ground and their scouting system was probably better right at the start than any other team,” he further added.
Bangalore never had a balance side: Rahul Dravid
The Bengaluru franchise had some power-hitters in their ranks under the likes of Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis. But they failed to have a complete side. Dravid feels this is one of the reason Bengaluru has failed to earn success in the IPL.
“Bangalore have never balanced their team very well,” Dravid said. “I think they’ve been very poor with selections and auctions.”
“Bangalore have never balanced their team very well,” observed Dravid. “They had their best year when they had a bowler like Mitchell Starc who was able to close out games for them. But they kept going out and picking gun batsmen.”