RCB have a bowling unit that Virat Kohli has belief in: Scott Styris

RCB have a bowling unit that Virat Kohli has belief in: Scott Styris

Unlike the previous editions of the IPL, the RCB bowlers have been exceptional.

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), led by Virat Kohli, have been a force to reckon with this year. With a whopping seven victories in ten league clashes, they comfortably sit at the third spot in the points table, with only net run rate separating them and the two teams above them, namely Mumbai Indians (MI) followed by Delhi Capitals (DC).

The Bangalore outfit have the momentum in the 2020 edition of the T20 extravaganza and has the apt blend of dynamic batsmen, wicket-taking bowlers and extraordinary all-rounders. A big credit for RCB’s successful run in the competition goes to their bowling department which looks lethal and terrific this time around.

South Africa’s Chris Morris is leading the pace attack along with inputs from Sri Lanka’s Isuru Udana and India’s Mohammed Siraj. Morris has been parsimonious with just 5.00 runs per over in five games, picking up nine wickets at crucial stages. Siraj had recently scripted history in the match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by bowling two maiden overs in his four-over spell.

The ‘Play Bold’ Army’s leading spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has always been brilliant with the ball in his hand and is a prime contender for claiming the Purple Cap with 15 wickets in 10 fixtures. This season, he has found an unexpected ally in Washington Sundar who has been bowling the spells of his life. The finger-spinner has taken six wickets while bowling at an economy rate of 5.60.

The captain should trust you as a bowler to put you in any situation: Brett Lee

Praising the efforts of the bowling department, the former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris said that RCB, finally, have a bowling unit that can gain the confidence of their skipper Virat Kohli and live up to his expectations.

Speaking exclusively on Star Sports Select Dugout, Styris reckoned, “I always believe that your bowler must have the captain’s faith in you. Looks like finally, RCB have a bowling unit that Kohli has belief in and they can do the job.”

Supporting the views of New Zealand veteran, former Australian pacer Brett Lee added that for the bowlers it is very necessary to acquire the trust of their captain. As per Lee, the captain should have faith that every bowler can bowl at any point of time in the match.

“You are right, it comes down to trust. The captain should trust you as a bowler to put you in any situation. Yes, you have your specific death bowlers or you have your bowler at the top of the order or the first 6 during the powerplay, and then you have your bowlers who bowl in the middle.

“For me as long as you have that trust and understand your role then that will firstly give you confidence as a player and also make you be able to execute your plans and establish yourself as a proper cricketer,” Lee concluded.