Royal Challengers Bangalore : Team Analysis and Probable XI IPL 2020
The upcoming edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to be organized in UAE and we are very close to the start of the tournament. We have been bringing to you the team analysis of every single team participating in the tournament. Its now time for the team analysis of Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are yet to win the title of Indian Premier League (IPL). Despite having big international names throughout the history of IPL, this team hasn't yet tasted the ultimate success of lifting the cup. Perhaps the Indian cricketers are more important to maintain the balance of the team since you only have 4 spots for foreign players in playing eleven. And I guess that's where RCB hasn't been smart enough.
Having said that, the team looks good to me this season. They have the big guns in the names of De Villiers, Finch and Steyn followed by some capable Indian cricketers. I am expecting this team to do decently well in this 13th edition of IPL.
Aaron Finch is most likely to open for RCB along with wicketkeeper batsman Parthiv Patel. Kohli will come at 3 and De Villiers at 4. RCB would want at least one of their openers to have a brilliant season. Over dependence on Kohli and AB has always been the major issue in RCB batting. When both Kohli and AB gets going, RCB simply blows away any opposition whereas if these guys fail, RCB themselves get blown away.
RCB however have a nice option in the name of Devdutt Padikkal. Kohli will have the luxury of opening the innings with Padikkal and Finch too. Padikkal had a brilliant 2019/20 season in domestic cricket finishing as the highest run-scorer in Vijay Hazare Trophy (609) and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (580). He also scored 649 runs in Ranji Trophy.
Moeen Ali is a quality allrounder and can be a great asset to have for any side. The left handed batsman and right arm off-spinner will have a crucial role in this RCB lineup in case he finds a place in playing eleven.
Chris Morris is capable of scoring those brisk runs towards the end of the inning and thats what he is expected to do for the team.
Shivam Dube has impressed everyone being a part of limited overs Indian national side. It will be challenge for someone like Dube because its not the Chinnaswamy where he will take the field in this tournament. He doesn't have experience of playing in UAE and it's something to watch out on how Dube will adapt to the playing conditions.
Washington Sundar is a guy to watch out as far as spin department is concerned. Kohli will definitely look tobowl Sundar in powerplays.
South African Dale Steyn will lead the pace attack for RCB. Guys like Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj and Navdeep Saini are the other options for RCB captain Kohli. Looking at the nature of pitches in UAE, one would suspect if these pacers would get much chances. Onlytwo among Saini or Siraj or Umesh might get into playing eleven because they already have allrounders like Morris and Dube who can bowl full quota of 4 overs as pacers.
RCB would probably look to back Pawan Negi. Chahal is an obvious pick and he needs to be amongst wickets if RCB are to move ahead in the tournament. I feel guys like Chahal and Sundar are best suited for UAE pitches more than Chinnaswamy their home ground in Bangalore.
Probable Playing XI
- Aaron Finch
- Parthiv Patel (WK)
- Virat Kohli (C)
- AB de Villiers
- Moeen Ali / Chris Morris
- Shivam Dube
- Pawan Negi / Gurkeerat Singh
- Washington Sundar
- Dale Steyn
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- Navdeep Saini / Umesh Yadav
Player to Watch Out : Yuzvendra Chahal
It will be interesting to see RCB's foreign picks for playing XI. Aaron Finch and De Villiers are obvious picks. There might be a choice among Moeen Ali and Chris Morris for the allrounder slot. I personally choose Moeen over Morris despite RCB spending a 10 croress on Morris in the auction. In case the team wants both Moeen and Morris, there may be chance that Steyn might have to miss out.
As far as my views are concerned, RCB should do well this season. As per my pre-tournament prediction, they will qualify for the playoffs. Obviously not a safe bet, but this team might as well come out as champions of this season.
The team selection and analysis done is purely personal opinion of the writer.