Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have a tactical genius in form of their new head coach Mike Hesson. The Kiwi is technically sound and might help change the fortunes for the Bangalore franchise in IPL. Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar, in the meanwhile, has a tip for the franchise which has struggled to clinch a title.
The pitches in UAE will be slow and support spin. Gavaskar believes that in situations like these RCB should opt to open with the champion pair of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. He also displayed his surprise with the franchise as they have not been able to win a title even with such star players in their ranks.
“On pitches that will get slower, it may be a good idea to have both the champion batsmen open the batting while the ball is hard and new and will come on to the bat nicely than when the spinners are operating. Leggie Yuzvendra Chahal could be a match winner for RCB on those pitches,” Gavaskar, who was the first batsman to reach 10,000 Test runs, wrote.
“Why a team like Royal Challengers Bangalore hasn’t won the title as yet is a puzzle. Any team that has Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers should never be short of runs and maybe that’s also a problem, for when these two failed, as humans sometimes do, then the others haven’t put their hands up. They have a new coach and will be hoping that this will be their year,” Sunil Gavaskar wrote in his column for Sportstar.
RCB have the record of reaching three finals. RCB entered the final match last time in 2016 but since then they have been at the bottom of the table. Moreover, in 2019, the franchise finished last with just 5 wins from 14 matches. The team chairman has also said that though the team is learning, not winning titles adds pressure.
RCB has been bolstered with plenty of talents in their ranks. However, they have not been able to make the most of it. RCB have played with the likes of Chris Gayle, captain Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers in their side. But their bowling at the same time has been questionable. Mitchell Starc has missed out on playing for the franchise owing to injuries.