Royal Challengers Bangalore – Report Card

Royal Challengers Bangalore – Report Card

Another season without giving their fans the chance to see them play more than 14 matches for the misfiring superstars. The starting was highly disappointing as they set a new record of losing 6 matches in a row (which was later equaled by KKR, but that’s a story for another blog). The latter of the tournament was actually quite impressive as they won 5 matches out of 7 with one game being washed out. In the end, as it turned out, even though they ranked last on the points table, had they won just one more game, they would have qualified! The no. of points that RCB had was actually the most no. of points for a team ranked last in the IPL. Here I will be analyzing the performances of some of their players and will be givng them points out of ten based on their performance.

Virat Kohli – 6.5

Kohli’s[i] season has been average. 464 runs at an average of 33 is not bad but…. If someone like an Ajinkiya Rahane had played like Kohli did, I would applaud that, but with Kohli’s standards, he hasn’t performed upto them. He has shown form in patches with that one century against KKR and then some continuous failures. His captaincy has been another matter altogether. He has made some shocking decisions at pivotal points in the matches which often cost RCB the games. He hasn’t shown much confidence in quality players and has made quite a few changes to his team. So a 5 for the captaincy and a 8 for the batting.

Parthiv Patel – 7.5

Although he hasn’t made as many runs as Kohli, his impact has been equal if not more. Most of Kohli’s runs came in one or two innings, but Parthiv so often rescued the team from tricky situations. He was often the last man standing with the likes of Kohli, ABD and Hetmeyer back in the dugout. His keeping has been quite alright too with some good catches being held on to.

Shimron Hetmeyer – 5.0

One of the biggest disappointments of the season for RCB, Hetmeyer could only manage to make 90 runs in the 5 chances he was given and 75 of those were in one match! The RCB management is also partly at fault for his poor performance. After 4 forgettable outings, they took him out of the lineup. For players like Hetmeyer and Gayle and maybe Rishabh Pant, these guys might not fire everytime, but when they do, they will win the game for you. Hetmeyer showed that in the last game against SRH with his quick and impactful knock of 75. I think that might have been enough for RCB to retain them for next year.

Moeen Ali  – 8.5

Moeen Ali impressed in his debut IPL season. He helped the RCB lineup in so many ways. He gave the flexibility which was missing. He could open the innings as a pinch hitter while chasing a big total, he could come up at 3 when the openers gave a good start, and he could also come down the order to finish off games. His commendable strike rate of 165 was the highest among all the RCB batsmen. And he bowls! He provided breakthroughs at crucial times with his witty off-spin. He is going to be one of the star players next year when he is going to be available throughout the tournament.

Shivam Dube – 4.0

Shivam Dube, the man who consumed all of 5 crores to provide his services to Royal Challengers Bangalore, has been THE biggest flop this year for them. In the 4 matches that he got, he scored 40 runs and failed to finish off games which were to be finished off. He was actually supposed to be a bowling all-rounder. Guess what? He didn’t take any wickets! I think RCB will release him next year, some other side will buy him for a much lower price, and with the pressure of the high price gone, he might play better.

Yuzvendra Chahal – 9.0           

The only bowler who got to play all 14 matches, Yuzi Chahal was easily the pick of the bowlers in the RCB setup. With 18 wickets at an impressive economy of 7.82, the leggie has picked up form when the World Cup is full steam ahead. His smart variations perplexed batsmen and he also picked up a 4-fer. Had he not been there to slow down the run rate in the middle overs, RCB would have conceded over 200 in almost every game.

Umesh Yadav – 4.5

To say the least, Umesh Yadav fell short of expectations. If any positive came from his IPL 2019, it was that our faith in the Indian selectors team was reaffirmed. Umesh proved the decision to drop him from the Indian team to be correct. He got 8 scalps in 11 games, while conceding runs at an economy of just less than 10 an over. This was a big step down from his bowling of last year, where he bowled the tough overs and got wickets for his team in the powerplay. RCB could release him next year and get a younger bowler to maybe unearth new talent.                                                             

So that was it for RCB’s report card. Even though they have finished last on the points table,(Yes I’m going to say it again) they have gotten the most no. of points that a team at the bottom of the table ever has. They showed great spirit towards the latter end of the tournament, and who knows, next year the cup might just be theirs given the quality of their players.