IPL 2020: Royal Challengers Bangalore Have Improved but Still Have Crucial Work To Do Going Forward

Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have put up a good show compared to previous seasons and have shown that they have the ability to do better

Where they finished:

The Royal Challengers Bangalore have come up until the eliminator where they lost to the Sunrisers Hyderabad, knocking them out.

They started the tournament very well but couldn’t build on the start as they lost five in five to finish the tournament.

Its their first time in the playoffs since 2016, but the Royal Challengers Bangalore would feel they could have done better.

They had a chance of going second had they beat Delhi, but a defeat resulted in them facing Sunrisers in the eliminator.

Positives:

Devdutt Padikkal has been the find for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Royal Challengers Bangalore in the past have been heavily reliant on Kohli and Ab De Villiers, which led to defeats as they didn’t have strong backups.

This season they found a strong opener, and he has surely been impressive, leading the run charts for Bangalore.

At the age of 36, Ab De Villiers has shown his ability to still be the best.

Along with his batting he has also taken the gloves which has allowed the Royal Challengers Bangalore to play a balanced side.

Washington Sundar has also done well, bowling in the powerplay, which is something he is used to.

After two season, Sundar finally got the chance to bowl where he wants to and he has certainly delivered with the ball.

Despite injuries, Chris Morris has been very impressive for his side as he has helped them solve a lot of pre-season weaknesses.

With Chris Morris, the Royal Challengers have gained a finisher and a death bowler which is something that has been missing over the years.

Negatives:

Chris Morris suffered from injuries at various stages of the tournament, leaving him out of the side during crucial games.

His absence affected the sides balance and left them without an experienced death bowler.

Dale Steyn and Umesh Yadav have had disappointing tournaments, sitting on the sidelines for a considerable time.

Two star-bowlers, struggled to make an impact and couldn’t get into the side despite injuries to the other fast bowlers like Saini and Morris.

The side lacked lower order fire power on most occasions, particularly when Ab was out early or Morris was absent.

The lack of firepower affected Virat Kohli’s batting as he switched to the role of accumulator and played with lower strike rates throughout the season.

Star Performers:

Devdutt Padikkal has been the find of the tournament for Royal Challengers Bangalore with a strong season as their leading run-scorer

Chahal and Sundar have both done an excellent job this season.

The two spinners complimented each other nicely as they tied batsmen down in various phases of the game.

In Sundar, Chahal has certainly found a partner who can share the spin workload with him.

Ab De Villiers has also done a great job this season with crucial runs in the middle-order and has rescued the side on many occasions with his strokeplay.

Devdutt Padikkal is without a doubt the best batsman for the Royal Challengers Bangalore this season.

An uncapped player who spent his time on the bench last season, Devdutt Padikkal made 473 runs this season and has helped get his side of to strong starts.

With a lot of potential, Devdutt Padikkal looks to be a crucial player for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the future and is likely to be retained in the future.

Things to consider for the future:

The Royal Challengers Bangalore have had a decent season with a bowling line-up that is much better than the previous ones they had.

Going forward they may look for few finishers as it would help share the load with Ab De Villiers.

They do have the likes of Gurkeerat Singh in the squad, but he hasn’t been given a long rope which has affected Bangalore in the later part of the innings.

Despite the presence of few potential finishers, the Royal Challengers Bangalore could look to boost their middle-order in the upcoming auction.

Sanjay Sanapoori

A mechanical engineering student, who has immense love for cricket. Been a fan of the game since 2009 and would love to stay involved with Cricket someway or the other.