IPL 2019: 5 Things Royal Challengers Bangalore need to do to lift the trophy next season
It won't be easy for the management to make these decisions, but for the betterment of the team, they will have to do something to try and change their fate.
Updated - May 3, 2019 11:31 pm
Royal Challengers Bangalore – one of the most entertaining units T20 cricket has witnessed, three times runners in IPL, once a runner of the Champions League T20, owner of so many records like highest team score in T20s (also owns the lowest score in IPL), highest individual score, best partnership in IPL history and so many more.
If you take notice of the records they own, probably all of them were created or broken by their batsmen. It has been a team full of star batsmen, who believe in outscoring the opponents. Clearly, that strategy hasn’t worked well for the side. Lack of good quality bowlers is clearly hampering the confidence of their batsmen, who are trying extra hard and forgetting some basic stuff.
So many teams in the past have gone through rough patches but came out strongly. Deccan Chargers lost their mojo in season four and five, but a change in team for the Hyderabad franchise to Sunrisers turned the table completely. KKR‘s bad first three seasons are completely forgotten, they are a star-studded side with the best stadium attendance in the tournament.
These teams took some subtle steps, made some harsh calls and also changed the way they work to incur better results. That perhaps is what RCB have to do to get back on track after three horrendous seasons on the stretch. Here are five things the franchise can do to change their fate.
1. Go hell for leather to get marquee bowlers
Hands down the biggest reason behind RCB’s failure in all these years is their bowling attack. This will not help them win anything in the coming years and they need to get some big names in the bowling department. They perhaps need to oust some of the current players and allocate a budget of Rs. 15-17 crore to buy two or three brilliant bowlers in the market.
Patrick Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Matt Henry, Mustafizur Rahman, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Woakes – these are some of the names who should be on their list. They most certainly need one among Cummins and Starc to save them from dooming again next season. Not many have really taken notice of how good Gabriel has been in the last 18 months in Tests, he bowls pretty quick and has managed to trouble some of the best batsmen with his pace.
Mustafizur would be a great choice as well, considering how well he bowls in the death overs. They could also continue association with Nathan Coulter-Nile, who is doing pretty well for Australia in recent years. Chris Woakes has already played for RCB before heading to KKR, but currently, he is a much better cricketer than he was before.