Before the start of IPL-10, RCB was considered to be a force to reckon with. After all, a batting line-up with Gayle, Kohli and De Villiers is enough to scare the opposition before a ball is bowled. Kohli had raised the bar to newer heights last season and RCB eventually finished runner-ups. However, this season has brought nothing but despair for the Bengaluru-based outfit. They are languishing at the bottom of the table and the transition from potential winners to wooden-spoon holders has been nothing short of despicable for the fans. Here we analyse 5 reasons for RCB’s fall from grace.
Gayle, Kohli and De Villiers make a formidable trio on paper, but all three have failed to fire much to RCB’s disdain. Kohli has come off an injury lay-off and been a mere shadow of his usual self. He’s scored 250 runs in 9 matches and notched up three fifties but even that’s meagre by Viratian standards! Gayle hasn’t been able to cement his place in the side and De Villiers hasn’t troubled the scoreboards much. A trio which took them to 200 all by themselves folded up within the first 6-7 overs more often than not this season. RCB tried Head and Mandeep at the opening slot without any significant results. The absence of KL Rahul hurt the interests of the team.
Fragile middle order:
The middle order was expected to provide stability and with the likes of Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh and Shane Watson or Travis Head, much was expected. The middle order failure compounded RCB’s woes, leading to shambolic collapses, with scores reading 49,96 and 119 respectively. RCB failed to get the combination right the entire season and the unit repeatedly failed to get its act together. Kohli anchored the innings for much of last season and given his form this time, a middle-order bat should’ve shouldered the responsibility of holding one end up. Failure to do so has much to do with RCB’s demise.
- Weak Bowling attack:
RCB has traditionally been a batting heavy team and Chahal was the stand-out performer last season while the other bowlers chipped in with useful contributions. In a season where the batting was down in the dumps, their only hope was an improved showing with the ball.
The departure of Mitchell Starc a day before the auction sparked panic. Fresh imports like Billy Stanlake and Tymal Mills, who was bought for a whopping price at the auctions found the going tough. Badree’s form fluctuated and Watson, Negi, Binny, Aravind and Chahal couldn’t make a mark either. KKR thrashed them for 105 inside 6 overs, that was the final nail in the coffin for the bowling attack that has been worse than ordinary this season.
Inability to convert chances:
RCB had situations where they were in the driver’s seat and accurate play could have easily gotten them through. They missed quite a few opportunities early on. Mumbai was stuttering at 7/4 in a chase of 143 against them but RCB let the opportunity slip and Mumbai won comfortably in the end. They horribly messed up simple run-chases of 140s and 160s which they could have knocked out with a few overs to spare otherwise. The hunger and intent were missing this season and as the defeats piled up, even Kohli couldn’t do anything apart from lamenting his team’s performance.
The Chinnaswamy Wicket
The Chinnaswamy wicket is traditionally a paradise for batsmen and anything less than 180 is easily chasable. It’s been a different story this season, with teams struggling to get past 160 on the famed track. The pitch’s been a lot slower with some uneven bounce on offer. Conditions which were conducive to RCB’s rampant run-scoring are no longer the same and this one of the reasons why they have struggled even on their home turf.