Fed up with Ads? Install Dainik Bhaskar app for news without ads
Chennai3 hours ago
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team has not been able to become a champion even once out of the 13 editions of IPL. The runner-up has been the best result for RCB. The team has been runners-up in 2009, 2011 and 2016. RCB has also had to stay in last place twice. Despite this, it is one of the most popular teams in the league on the strength of Star Power. Captain Virat Kohli said that this time his team will come down with a changed approach. For this, the team has bought players like Glenn Maxwell and Mohammad Azharuddin in the auction. Let’s do this on the SWOT analysis of RCB’s team for the 2021 season. That is, analysis of team strength, weakness, opportunity, and threat.
RCB’s team is one of the most powerful teams in the league in terms of fire power in the top order. Captain Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal will open. After this, the middle order also becomes very strong with the presence of AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammad Azharuddin. Virat is the most successful batsman in the history of the league. He has scored 5878 runs in 192 matches. De Villiers is in sixth place scoring 4849 runs in 169 matches. Last season, Devdutt Padikkal was the most successful batsman of the team scoring 473 runs.
Mohammad Azharuddin will play the IPL for the first time. He batted at the Syed Mushtaq Ali domestic T20 with a strike rate of 194. Maxwell is considered one of the most destructive batsmen in the world, batting at a strike rate of 152 in the T20. Apart from these, the middle order of the team also becomes very strong due to the presence of Daniel Christian and Washington Sundar.
Strength-2 spin bowling
RCB has to play 7 of the 14 matches in Chennai and Ahmedabad this time. Spin bowlers at both centers are of great help. The team has many good spinners to take advantage of these situations. These include spinners like Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Adam Jampa, Shahbaz Ahmed. Also, Glenn Maxwell is also able to spin part time.
Weakness: Death over bowling
RCB bought New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Jameson for Rs 15 crore in the last auction. Despite this, the team does not have very good bowlers for the Death Overs (17th to 20th over). Mohammad Siraj has performed well in Test cricket, but his economy in the IPL has been very high.
Opportunity: the possibility of reaching the play-offs
The RCB team also reached the last four last season. This time the team has overcome the weakness of the middle order. Because of this, Virat will get a chance to open. Combining all these factors, RCB has the power to reach the play-offs.
The arrival of Glenn Maxwell has strengthened the middle order, but Maxwell has not been able to perform well in the IPL for a long time. Last season, he was able to score 106 runs in 13 matches. At the same time, in 2018, he scored 120 runs in 12 matches. He did not play in 2019. In this way, the inclusion of Maxwell in the team can backfire. Similarly, Mohammad Azharuddin will play in the league for the first time. To see if they can bear the burden of hope.