After a long delay of six months, Cricket’s biggest carnival Indian Premier League has finally arrived. The 13th edition of the tournament will commence from tomorrow with two of the most successful teams of tournament i.e. Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings meeting in the season opener.
In a 46-day long tournament, 8 teams will compete for the Silverware. While some of the franchises have got hands on it in previous editions, teams like RCB, Delhi Capitals and KXIP will look to win the trophy for first time.
With the new season, the experts and analysts also out with their prediction. Little Master Sunil Gavaskar, in his column, has a piece of advice for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The 71-year old has advised RCB to open with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, two of their most prolific batsmen, in IPL 2020.
This year’s tournament is going to be played at only three venues in the UAE and there are high chances the wickets will be on slower side for later half of the tournament. “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 wrote in his column for Sportstar.
In the 12 seasons of IPL, RCB has not won the IPL even once. Although they had a captain in the form of Virat Kohli, a 360-degree player in AB de Villiers along with Mr. T20– Chris Gayle in their ranks, RCB never managed to win the trophy. RCB has tried it all in their recent seasons, they also made an almost impregnable T20 batting line up but only to finish up as second best thrice in the tournament.
“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 further emphasised.
The last time, RCB managed to enter in IPL final match was in 2016, when a red-hot Virat Kohli and spirited de Villers guided them to finals. But it’s been a downfall since then. In 2019, RCB finished with wooden spoon as they won just 5 matched in whole tournament.