Royal Challengers Banglore had yet another disappointing year, being failed to qualify for the playoffs for 3 years in a row. Eventually, it has raised a lot of questions at the team’s management. Indeed, RCB yet again finished their 2019 Indian Premier League season as the bottom-placed side in the points table. In this context, it looks like the former RCB captain Anil Kumble has something to say to his former IPL franchise.
A disappointing season
Having a rattled start in the tournament by losing 6 matches in a row, RCB tried their best to pull things back, recording 5 wins in their last 8 matches but still failed to make it to the IPL playoffs for the third year in a row. Despite having two of the best batsmen in world cricket (Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers), RCB has continuously failed to deliver in the IPL.
Although RCB finished as of last-placed side with 11 points from 14 games, one more win could have seen them qualify for the playoffs. Sunrisers Hyderabad made it to the last four with just 12 points in their pocket. Altogether, it looked like as if RCB were short in the bowling and fielding department. They bought Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube and Akshdeep Nath in a huge sum, but the new signings failed to impress their franchise.
Anil Kumble On RCB
“Playing XI selections made by RCB didn’t go with their favor. They picked only 3 overseas players in their team. The batting was heavily dependent on AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. However, when they both failed, the remaining batting couldn’t just perform. Add to that the bowling misery for the franchise, as their senior bowler Umesh Yadav was highly inconsistent,” Kumble said.
“Navdeep Saini has got good pace, character, and temperament for bowling in T20 games. Shimron Hetmyer in the last game was exciting and along with Gurkeerat must form their middle order in the coming season. Parthiv Patel was brilliant at the top and this time he just didn’t play quickfire cameos but played crucial innings,” he added.
“Yuzvendra Chahal was in his best form. But unfortunately losing Moeen Ali and Marcus Stoinis was bad for the team just when they were gaining momentum. Dale Steyn came in for two games and impressed lot, but his injury was unfortunate,” he Concluded.