IPL 2020: 5 changes RCB can make to come back to winning ways
It is still early days in the tournament and RCB surely can make a comeback. But the need of the hour is surely some radical changes.
Updated - Sep 27, 2020 4:30 pm
It was a disappointing day for Royal Challengers in the sixth game of IPL where they suffered a massive 97-run loss against Kings XI Punjab. A lot of the past problems, which RCB has had since a few seasons, were once again blatantly exposed.
KXIP, after being put in to bat promptly by the RCB skipper, got off to a good start with Mayank Agarwal and skipper KL Rahul playing fluently in the first few overs. At 90-1 at the halfway stage, Punjab looked poised for a big score but a decent effort from RCB bowlers pegged them back and at 146-3 after 17 overs, it looked like KXIP were likely to finish between 175-180.
But Rahul had other plans. He went on an absolute rampage in the last three overs, smoking 60 runs and playing an innings for the ages scoring an unbeaten 132 of just 69 balls which is the highest score by an Indian as well as a captain in the history of IPL.
A good effort by the RCB bowlers went down the drain. Nevertheless, with a powerful batting line up, everyone expected RCB to come within touching distance of the score and the match to go down to the wire. Unfortunately, RCB’s line up wilted under pressure and folded up for just 109.
All old problems such as death bowling, poor fielding, over-reliance on Kohli and de Villiers, undefined roles of players and faulty team selection came back into the conversation and it seems that after a win in their first game, they have someone gone back to where they left off from in 2019. Nonetheless, it is still early days in the tournament and RCB surely can make a comeback. But the need of the hour is surely some radical changes.
Here are 5 changes RCB can do to get back to winning ways in IPL 2020:
1. Parthiv Patel in for Joshua Philippe
RCB picked youngster Joshua Philippe for the first two games, perhaps to fill in the wicketkeeper’s role and also because he had a successful BBL stint at the start of the year. However, in the two games, Joshua doesn’t seem to have a fixed role in the team.
While in the first game he came in at No. 6, in the game against KXIP, in a steep run chase in excess of 200, he came in to bat at No.3 ahead of Virat Kohli. Both the times, he couldn’t do much. Joshua had succeeded in the BBL as an opener and in this team, he just seems to be a floater which isn’t boding well for him.
Parthiv Patel might not be the most explosive batsmen but has a wealth of experience and can give good starts especially in the Powerplay. While in 2018 he got only six games, last year when he got all 14, he played quite well and scored 373 runs for RCB. He may not be the X-factor or gamechanger but surely with a calm head over his shoulders, Parthiv will add a lot more to RCB than Joshua currently is.