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Royal Challengers Bangalore were unfortunate to have missed out on the services of KL Rahul and Sarfraz Khan this season. These two were impact players with different roles and have done a commendable job in the past. Most importantly, these two acquired domestic spots in the side and provide depth and stability in the batting line-up, further providing more options to pick overseas players and strengthen their bowling, which has been their Achilles’ heels. Both the players were ruled out due to injuries.
Gayle is widely acknowledged as the undisputed king of the Indian Premier League. The belligerent southpaw has been a superstar with the bat and inflicted massive damage on the oppositions over the years. But Gayle has had an awful run with the bat in the recent times. He has failed to get his team off to a flying start, which affected the side massively. He averages just over 21 in seven games this season as compared to his career Twenty20(T20) average of 40.19 in 293 T20 games.
Virat Kohli was a sensation to watch in the last edition but has failed terribly to live up to the expectations this year. He scored over 900 runs in one single edition and wreaked havoc with his elegant yet effective stroke-play. Kohli’s average runs column has let down his side at crucial junctures. It is often said, a captain’s success bolsters the team’s confidence, which Kohli has certainly failed to do.AB de Villiers, on the other hand, is well capable of chasing the course of the game in a span of few deliveries and snatches a win from imminent jaws of defeat. Alike Kohli, De Villiers has suffered a poor form this season. Players like Kohli, De Villiers, Gayle render batting a joy to behold but this time their primary weapon turned out to their core weakness due to the ineffectiveness of their key players.
T20 is a brutal format, it has no room for errors and mediocrity is often penalised. RCB have always banked on heir batting to bail them out as bowling has been their corridor of uncertainty. Despite having Tymal Mills on the board, they missed out on Mitchell Starc, as the latter decided to pull out, which didn’t do any good to their bowling. They had three-four effective bowlers in every game but the others were often targeted, which let them down.
An all-rounder is like gold in this format, especially in T20s. Shane Watson is one of the most experienced and effective all-rounders RCB possess. Watson was expected do a lot better than what he did this season but has let his team down big time. Apart from him, Binny also enjoyed an average run but RCB needed some serious solidity.
IPL is a platform where domestic players get recognition and behind every successful side, lies a performing crop of domestic talents. Sides like Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians and many more teams saw their domestic players performing well and easing off the pressure. But players like, Mandeep Singh, Srinath Aravind, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi did nothing worth remembering. RCB suffered a massive blow in the form of KL Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan but not many stepped up in their absence.
It’s always a boon to have a solid bench strength for any side. Many teams like Mumbai Indians, Gujarat Lions, etc have an aura of big names and effective players to choose from but RCB lacked options. Leaving Gayle, Kohli and De Villiers, their batting hardly have any name of recognition. Due to lack of options, RCB were compelled to persist with under-performing players and give them an elongated run.
Injuries have taken a heavy toll on the RCB. They missed out on Kohli and De Villiers for the first few games and the momentum was lost right at the outset. In between, they kept losing players due to injury, which took a heavy toll on their success.