IPL 2021: 3 Key players who can help RCB to win first IPL trophy
Will Royal Challengers Bangalore's hopes of winning a trophy finally come true in 2021?
Updated - Aug 25, 2021 2:01 pm
‘Ee saal namde’ is something which every Royal Challengers Bangalore fan has been shouting for some time now. They did it in 2016 and every year after that. But, it is almost absurd at this point how RCB as a franchise has won nothing in these many years, despite possessing some quality players over the years and most importantly, arguably the two best batsmen in the world.
However, having started the IPL 2021 campaign on a high, it seems that Virat Kohli and co. have got a lot of things going on for themselves this season. Having said that, they have won five out of their seven games in the first phase, and three more wins will take them to the playoffs. In this piece, we will discuss who are the three key players who can help RCB to change its fortunes and finally go all the way to winning the title
3 Key players who can RCB get the first IPL trophy
1. Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj has been in terrific form for the past year. It is quite evident that he is a much-improved bowler now and has figured out his lines and lengths better than ever. If one really looks at his IPL stats, they would straightaway notice his high economy rates in the first three seasons of his IPL career.
9.21 in 2017, 8.95 in 2018, and 9.55 in 2019. But that is a thing with young pacers. We bet on them not for the accuracy but for the number of wickets that they can pick. Through this period, Siraj was picking wickets but his higher economy was hurting his team. But, 2020 was a turning point and 2021 has been so far fantastic, to say the least.
In 2020, his economy dropped to 8.68 and his strike rate was 14.8. Given these numbers, it can be assumed that he was successful in the UAE. In the first leg of the IPL 2021, which happened after his Test debut, one thing was prominent about his bowling and it was his accuracy. His economy in the first seven matches was 7.34 and he bowled tight lines and nailed yorkers more than ever. And given his current wicket-taking form in England, despite that being Tests, fans can hope Siraj will be a key man for RCB in the second leg.