If Royal Challengers Bangalore is here, it is sure there will be no lack of entertainment. But there is surely lack of chances to win. As a result, both RCB and its fans are waiting for the season since a decade to fill their trophy cabinet, despite having some of the legendary players in the shortest format. Even this year, Virat Kohli’s team hasn’t got the right beginning.
They started against Kolkata Knight Riders but lost their first game. It is an indication that they have to make some tactical changes to look deadly to rivals. On the upcoming match versus the high-flying Punjab, let’s find out how the red team is ready to book their first victory in IPL XI.
- By Keeping Sarfaraz Khan on upper position
When Sarfaraz came for batting last time, he had only 5 overs to play. Despite his exceptional strike rate of 160 in his career, he still finds it difficult to hit the ground as an opening batsman. After a long wait, he is coming back to the big stage and it is not fair. At the end, he scored only 6 runs off 10 balls. That kind of batting is far below our expectations from the pocket-sized dynamo.
So, it is important for Bangalore to send Khan up the batting order to get back his natural flow. He must be sent on at least, number 3 or 4 position. He is a prominent member of the team and RCB used their retention on him. It’s high time for RCB to get his rhythm back.
- Having another all-rounder
In the last game, Bangalore had two foreign batters, but it was a costly decision for them. Quinton de Kock can be accompanied with Colin de Grandhomme. This Kiwi all-rounder has great hard-hitting skills and can bowl out any batsman with ease. De Kock may not be going to a great phase without him.
De Kock’s economy rate was around 8 runs per over last year and strike rate was around 135. Being a cricketer, he has improved much in a year and he brought his strike rate to around 150 in T20 internationals. It shows how a Harare-born striker can be dangerous. RCB can add him to the team and get their captain Kohli to open innings with Brendon McCullum.
- Having 3 Spinners
Some of the teams like Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab have three spinners on front line in IPL this year. KKR also had 3 spinners but Kohli went with only two. But that strategy was failed badly against their last opponent KKR as they played pace-intensive bowling lineup. Now, it’s time to look for a spinner Pawan Negi.
Pawan Negi, who was once a millionaire, had a great economy of just 6.12 runs per over last year and he took over 16 wickets by playing in 12 games. Along with it, he can play pretty well with the bat, which is defined by around 130 of strike rate and average of 18-something.