Royal Challengers Bangalore – Report Card

Royal Challengers Bangalore – Report Card

RCB was one of the many teams lagging behind in the middle stages of the tournament. But suddenly, all players gathered form and the team started winning all the do-or-die matches. Too bad they couldn’t win the last one, or they would’ve qualified.

Virat Kohli – 8.5

I know it’s criminal to give 8.5 marks to an average of 48.18, but you honestly expect more from the best batsman in the world. The captaincy hasn’t been that great either. Right combinations were not found earlier in the tournament and that dragged down his team.

Washington Sundar – 6.0

Yes, he did not get many chances to play but people were expecting great things from him after his excellent performance in the previous IPL and the Nidahas Trophy. He conceded 192 runs bowling 20 overs. So if all the overs were to be bowled by Washington Sundar, RCB would have lost the legendary match against Pune Warriors where they scored 191 and Chris Gayle got a century.

Quinton De Kock – 7.0

ESPN Cricinfo says that if Quinton De Kock hadn’t batted at all this year, RCB would actually have scored 34 runs more than they have. He was actually quite okay before the injury. He took one excellent catch and got a 50. But he never led the team from the front. An RCB outlet needs consistent players who compliment Virat and AB’s playing style. Quinton is not the batsman they are looking for.

Yuzvendra Chahal – 6.5

Chahal has taken 12 wickets over 14 matches. While 10 of these came at home, only 2 wickets could be managed at away games. He went wicketless in as many as 7 matches, not completing his overs on several occasions. A lot more is expected from India’s top limited overs spinner. His economy was okay though, but that may just be because he has started to bowl defensively.

AB De Villiers – 9.0

Mr.360 has become Mr.Saviour this IPL for RCB. He is always the one who rescues them from sticky positions. To have an average of above 50 is not an easy feat. Especially when you are a stalwart who is just about to retire from the game. That catch showed how fit he actuaƂly was through that catch against SRH. Next IPL, I think he would actually perform better as he’ll be recharged after the break.

Sarfraz Khan – 4.0

As a retained player, there were certain expectations from him. After all, he was chosen above Chris Gayle, Shane Watson and KL Rahul! RCB received lot of criticism for retaining him, but they were hoping he himself would shut the critics’ mouths with his batting. He failed miserably at that task and should forget hopes of being retained again next year.

Umesh Yadav – 10.0

I believe he has been the find of the IPL. He had a message to prove that he should be included in the Indian limited overs side. He has successfully proved that message, taking 20 top-order wickets. He has been on a hat-trick thrice and bowled 5 match changing overs. He has been the best pacer this IPL season.