After conceding a 6- wicket mauling by Delhi Capitals in the 55th match of Indian Premier League, Royal Challengers Bangalore was almost out of the race for Playoffs. However, it was their slightly better net run rate than Kings XI Punjab that saved them and they finished at the fourth place in the points table.
RCB lost last four matches in the league stage. In the eliminator, they had to face off Sunrisers Hyderabad, who on the other hand defeated all the other three teams in the playoffs in their last three matches in stage league. SRH won the match easily by 6 wickets and knocked out RCB out of the tournament.
In the first half of the tournament, RCB looked solid and after winning 7 matches out of the first 10, they looked like certain table toppers. However, towards the end of the tournament, they lost their shape and with 5 straight losses, they found themselves out of the tournament.
For the next year’s IPL, RCB needs to choose their team very wisely. They might also want to release some players ahead of the IPL 2021 Auction. That list may contain the name likes of Dale Steyn, Umesh Yadav, Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Parthiv Patel.
It seems that age is getting over the South African speedster Steyn, as he seems to be losing that lethality in his bowling. He was neither impressive at death nor could pick up wickets with new ball. Same was the problem with Indian bowler Umesh Yadav. Yadav couldn’t find his line and length in whole the tournament and was targeted by the opposition batsmen.
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RCB retained the left-handed batting all-rounder Pawan Negi for this year’s IPL. However, he was not given a single opportunity in the whole tournament to express himself.
Left-handed wicket-keeping batsman Pathiv Patel, also known as Pocket Dynamite, was the only option for wicket-keeping for the franchise in the last year’s IPL. But this year, they bought a young exciting wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Philippe and also endowed the responsibility on AB de Villiers. Thus, leaving Parthiv a spare.