Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore both teams have always boasted star players in their ranks since the inaugural edition of Indian Premier League. While RCB has had the players like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, CSK has MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and DJ Bravo along with other stars in their ranks.
Yet the journey for both the teams has been a contrasting one across the 12 seasons of the IPL. While Chennai Super Kings managed to grab three title in all these, Royal Challengers Bangalore have nothing to show for their efforts.
Recently, in book authored by Tim Wigmore and Freddie Wilde, Indian legend ‘The Wall’ analysed and gave his opinion about the unsuccessful run of Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL so far. In a book titled ‘Cricket 2.0- Inside the T20 revolution’ the former Indian captain compared the team composition, auction strategy and core team factor of both the teams.
While pointing out the differences right from the inaugural edition, Dravidstressed the point of experience in approaching the auction in the first edition also. “When they got into the IPL, Chennai probably had an advantage over a lot of other franchises because their owners, India Cements, were already in the business of running cricket teams,” Dravid said quoted by Hindustan Times.
“CSK was just the most high-profile team that they ran. So in a sense, they’ve always had people on the ground and their scouting system was probably better right at the start than any other team,” he further added.
Rahul Dravid also pointed out the poor auction strategy followed by RCB throughout the auctions. RCB went after the star players in every auction and that left them with a poor bowling attack.
“I think they’ve been very poor with selections and auctions. Bangalore has never balanced their team very well. For RCB, you always felt they will be chasing a gun death bowler. Then the first thing you realise is they’ve spent 15 crores on Yuvraj Singh and you think, ‘Oh, sh*t! They aren’t in the market for that!’ and by the time a death bowler comes round they won’t be able to spend any money so we can outbid them,” observed Rahul Dravid.
“They had their best year when they had a bowler like Mitchell Starc who was able to close out games for them. But they kept going out and picking gun batsmen.”
On the other hand, CSK have always been smart in their auctions, picking good bowling unit with a wonderful batting core comprising Dhoni, Raina and DJ Bravo in their ranks. “That’s where Chennai has always been successful because they’ve often had stronger bowling than Bangalore,” said the right-hander.
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“There are a lot of foreign players available for four slots. But there are a limited number of quality Indian players available, and the fact that CSK has been able to get some of the best guys have meant that they have always had that core,” Dravid said.