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5 Areas RCB should address to win the title in IPL 2020

RCB is one of the underachieving teams in the IPL history.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (Photo: IANS)

If there is one team that has been one of the big underachievers in the history of the IPL, it has to be the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Across the 12 seasons, they’ve reached the final thrice and made it to the playoffs on five occasions. Yet, they have no silverware to show.

Despite having some of the best players around the world, RCB have failed to win a single IPL. Be it the likes of Anil Kumble, Robin Uthappa, Ross Taylor, Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn in the early years or the likes of Chris Gayle, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Mitchell Starc and many more in the last few years. Virat Kohli (since the start) and AB de Villiers (since 2011) have been the constants. RCB have flattered to deceive almost every year.

In 2019, they failed miserably. They did miss out on the playoff berth by one win but they eventually ended up with the wooden spoon, winning just five out of 14 games. Hence, RCB will be looking to turn things around next season.

Here are five areas they should look to address in order to stand a chance to win the IPL 2020:

Death bowling

Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav. (Photo: IANS)

Bowling has always been RCB’s Achilles heel. They tend to have all the star players in the batting department but go missing with the ball. However, that has sort of changed over the last couple of seasons. The Bangalore franchise has invested in bowlers but they’ve not fired.

The likes of Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Mohammed Siraj and Kulwant Khejroliya have gone for aplenty at the death. In fact, Yadav is not a death bowler but still, there have been instances when he’s been assigned to bowl the penultimate or the final over. Navdeep Saini was impressive last season but even he leaked a few and didn’t have great control at the death.

Hence, this is one area where RCB need to strengthen their attack. While they have a decent spin attack and good bowlers to start things, they seem to go missing at the death. In fact, they’ve lost games from very good positions due to poor death bowling.

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