RCB players have failed to convert the starts into big scores: Nikhil Chopra

RCB need to stop being conservative, said Wasim Jaffer.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have five wins in 10 league matches and are at the sixth position in the points table of IPL 2022. The team has suffered three consecutive losses, with the latest one against Gujarat Titans. In the ongoing game, they are facing the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and would look to arrest the slide, to bring their campaign back on track. In the latest interaction, former Indian cricketers Wasim Jaffer and Nikhil Chopra discussed the deficiencies of RCB in the last few matches.

Chopra opined that RCB do have a strong batting line-up, but has not accelerated at the right time. He mentioned the innings of Virat Kohli in the last game, where he took 53 balls to score 58, and stated if it came at a better rate, it would have been perfect for the team. The former Indian cricketer further added that the opening pair has to provide a strong start to the team and give freedom to the middle-order players to play their natural game.

“Despite having a strong batting line-up, it’s just about which player needs to shift gears at what time. The line-up includes Faf [du Plessis], Virat, [Glenn] Maxwell, and Dinesh Karthik, who are match-winners. But the difference is that when the opening pair gets you runs, you rule the first six overs. For the remaining 14 overs, you give the platform to the middle-order,” said Chopra on Sky247.net presents ‘Not Just Cricket’ Show on CricTracker.

“That platform needs to be created, and it should be close to 50 odd runs. The teams, that are doing well, have got quick runs in the powerplay overs with the contribution at a strike rate of around 180. The players of these teams have been able to convert the starts into a big one, which RCB needs to as well,” he added.

RCB need to stop being conservative in powerplay overs: Wasim Jaffer

Jaffer followed the lines of Chopra and reckoned that if RCB have to score a big total of over 180 on the board, they need to have a good powerplay and not lose wickets early. He added that the team is certainly on the backfoot with not enough runs by the six-over mark. Meanwhile, RCB got off to a good start with 50+ runs in the powerplay overs.

“If you want to post a total of over 180 on the board, you need to strike at more than eight or nine. They got to have a good powerplay and not lose too many wickets, but can’t be conservative. You have all the firepower, but if you are giving away wickets and not scoring runs in the powerplay, you are surely on the backfoot,” said Jaffer.