IPL 2012 May 21, 2012

More holes than Gayle could plug

Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Muttiah Muralitharan could only do so much. Royal Challengers Bangalore's campaign suffered because their Indian players struggled
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Where they finished


An agonising fifth: Royal Challengers Bangalore ended level with Chennai Super Kings, who finished fourth in the league, on 17 points but missed the playoffs because of a marginally inferior net run-rate after losing their last match to eighth-placed Deccan Chargers. Royal Challengers won eight and lost seven out of 16 games, and had one washout.

Key player


By the end of the league stage, Chris Gayle was IPL 2012's top scorer, with 733 runs; Shikhar Dhawan was second with 569. Among batsmen with at least 400 runs, Gayle's strike-rate - 160.74 - was also second best; Virender Sehwag had 484 at 164.62. Gayle also had the most 50-plus scores, eight (one century, seven half-centuries) in 14 innings; Gautam Gambhir had six in 15.

Gayle hit 59 sixes; Kevin Pietersen, Cameron White and Sehwag together hit only 59. Thirteen of Gayle's sixes came during a 128 off 62 balls against Delhi Daredevils, equalling the record for most sixes in an IPL innings. He hit a six every eight balls on average during the season. He hit a boundary (sixes and fours) every four balls.

There was method to the madness as well. Gayle would often start slowly and play himself in before feeling settled enough to begin relentless hitting. For someone who scored breathtakingly quickly and primarily through the air, Gayle's performances were relatively risk-free. He contributed 31% of Royal Challengers' runs.

Bargain buy


Gayle's performance this season isn't especially surprising, though, because he was as dazzling for Royal Challengers in IPL 2011, after he was signed by them as a replacement for Dirk Nannes. What is surprising, however, is how Royal Challengers managed to retain Gayle for peanuts, relatively speaking, instead of him going into the auction pool, where he would certainly have been bought for more than the $550,000 Royal Challengers paid him. Maybe Gayle was just being loyal since Royal Challengers picked him after everyone shunned him at the 2011 auction?

Flop buy


Royal Challengers bid $1m for Vinay Kumar, making him the third most expensive purchase at the 2012 auction after Ravindra Jadeja ($2 million + undisclosed secret tiebreaker bid) and Mahela Jayawardene ($1.4 million). Vinay took 19 wickets in the league matches, fourth highest overall and the highest among Indian bowlers. Most of his wickets were of proper batsmen as well. His economy rate, however, was 8.59 over 55.5 overs, the third worst, after Amit Singh and Veer Pratap Singh, among bowlers who bowled a minimum of 30 overs this season. Royal Challengers lacked a quality fifth bowling option and Vinay's profligacy exacerbated an insurmountable problem.

When Vinay bowled in the first 15 overs of the innings his economy was 7.14 per over, and in the first six it was 6.80. When he bowled in the last five overs, though, he conceded 10.85 runs on average. Also, 11 of his 19 wickets were in the last five overs, when batsmen usually swing with abandon. Royal Challengers continued to persist with Vinay at the death, though, because he was a front-line medium-pacer and they didn't really have alternatives.

Highlight


AB de Villiers v Dale Steyn, round one, Chinnaswamy Stadium. Chasing 182, Royal Challengers needed 76 off 37 deliveries against Deccan Chargers when de Villiers began his innings. By the time Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mayank Agarwal were dismissed, they needed 39 off 18. Steyn, who had two overs remaining, had conceded only seven in his first two. What followed dropped several jaws. De Villiers nimbly used the width and depth of his crease to adapt to the world's fastest, and possibly best, bowler's line and lengths. He moved back to short balls and forward to slower ones, pulling between deep midwicket and long-on. He then moved back and towards leg to alter the length of a yorker and smite it over extra cover, before shuffling outside off to scoop over short fine leg. De Villiers took 23 runs off Steyn's third over and after that Anand Rajan stood no chance. Royal Challengers won with seven balls to spare.

Lowlight


That Royal Challengers stayed in the competition as long as they did was largely due to their overseas batsmen. The Indians, Virat Kohli and Saurabh Tiwary in particular, were below-par. Kohli, who was the only player Royal Challengers retained in 2011, scored 364 runs at a strike rate of 111.65. Combined with an average of 28, those figures are not terrible, but Royal Challengers needed much more from him, especially since Kohli was in terrific limited-overs form coming into the IPL.

Saurabh Tiwary was bought for $1.6m in the 2011 auction. He didn't do much to justify his price tag that year, and he's done lesser this year. Tiwary scored 191 runs in 11 innings, at an average of 24 and strike-rate of 112, unimpressive figures considering Royal Challengers' home venue probably had the best batting pitches of the tournament. His fielding was often clumsy for a 22-year old.

Verdict


Royal Challengers rarely found the right combination. Had their Indians been in form, they would have had excellent team balance, but because Kohli and Tiwary were struggling, their batting line-up was overly reliant on Gayle and de Villiers. And because Zaheer Khan and Vinay didn't pull their weight, and due to the lack of a quality Twenty20 allrounder, their bowling struggled to contain and took far fewer wickets compared to the competition. The upshot was that, at the business end of the league, Royal Challengers' tail started at No. 7 but the five-man specialist bowling attack wasn't very good apart from Muttiah Muralitharan.

They had tried Daniel Vettori and Murali in tandem before deciding they needed a third overseas player who could bat; so Murali was dropped. They tried using Andrew McDonald as an allrounder, and although he was economical with the ball, McDonald did not strengthen the batting enough. So Dilshan became a permanent fixture at the top of the order, and that worked to an extent. The bowling, however, was at its weakest and eventually Vettori, the captain, began to sit out to allow Murali into the XI. The Royal Challengers think-tank did not think it necessary to strengthen a misfiring pace attack by playing either Dirk Nannes, the highest T20 wicket-taker, or Charl Langeveldt, who was renowned for his death bowling during his South Africa career. The batting was too shallow to sacrifice an overseas batsman. In the end, there were more holes than plugs.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • shubhamagarwal on May 24, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    @Deepak Jagadish only 4th team gets to play the qualifiers of clt20 so i dont think rcb will get a chance . or has the rules changed for clt20 2012 , where did u find this piece of news ?

  • peterprasanna on May 24, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    @Serenity Felt :Deepak Jagadish is taking abt next yr CLT20, for that also RCB has to finish the IPL6 in top 4 ............

  • AbbaBond on May 24, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Having read most of the comments I feel RCB lack big match temperament. With all the deficiencies ie lack of Indian batting talent, poor bowling one thing they lack the most is temperament. this can explain why they hav not won any title so far. reaching finals and semis is gud. But Major problem is finishing the job. When they won against DD i thot they would surely beat DC. But they crumbled and choked while chasing a megere total of 134 against a team which struggled to defend 180 plus total consistently. Selection policy also were baffling. Nannes not given a chance, pujara being shunted out after a couple of matches. AB comin when he had hardly 10 balls to play with. I guess they backed Tiwary a bit too much. 2 IPL seasons is enough now. Can RCB at least back someone else for the upcoming CLT20??

  • on May 23, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    @ Deepak Jagadish : On what basis u can say!!! If RCB plays in clt20 i ll be the most happiest man...

  • on May 23, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Strictly Speaking George wrote a beautiful article showing the loop poles of the team. Without Overseas batsmen(Gayle and AB) the team batting line up is worst and bowling fully out of control. Hoping that RCB will improve in the next season and win the cup.

  • on May 23, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    @ Serenity Felt : ya dude RCB will top the qualifiers and Will be in CLT20 2012. RCB has the potential in them.They are raddle snakes and will explode its winning form in CLT20.We will win d cup :))))

  • on May 23, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    @Lepchuin : dude i had mentioned CSk also in my last comment .But apart from CSK team the other consistancy team is RCB..

  • on May 23, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    "Posted by Kiteflier on (May 22 2012, 13:09 PM GMT) I was surprised that Vijay Zol was not given a chance. He and Karun Nair could have left a mark I think. In fact instead of trying Saurabh Tiwari in every game these two could have been tried."

    You are really flying a kite. Vijay Zol and Karun Nair are two tiny fellows who do not have the hitting power or experience of Tiwari.

  • Lepchuin on May 22, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    @Deepak Jagadish..........i don disagree wid u, but pls don't say dey r d most consistent. CSK defines consistency lik no othr team. 1 semifinal, 1 Final, twice victors n 1 CLT20.......n nw dey r back in d playoffs!!! dat s by far, much betta dan RCB's stats

  • on May 22, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    @Deepak Jagadish: Dude are u sure that RCB still can play in CLT20 2012. I am a die hard RCB fan that y i asked u

  • shubhamagarwal on May 24, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    @Deepak Jagadish only 4th team gets to play the qualifiers of clt20 so i dont think rcb will get a chance . or has the rules changed for clt20 2012 , where did u find this piece of news ?

  • peterprasanna on May 24, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    @Serenity Felt :Deepak Jagadish is taking abt next yr CLT20, for that also RCB has to finish the IPL6 in top 4 ............

  • AbbaBond on May 24, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Having read most of the comments I feel RCB lack big match temperament. With all the deficiencies ie lack of Indian batting talent, poor bowling one thing they lack the most is temperament. this can explain why they hav not won any title so far. reaching finals and semis is gud. But Major problem is finishing the job. When they won against DD i thot they would surely beat DC. But they crumbled and choked while chasing a megere total of 134 against a team which struggled to defend 180 plus total consistently. Selection policy also were baffling. Nannes not given a chance, pujara being shunted out after a couple of matches. AB comin when he had hardly 10 balls to play with. I guess they backed Tiwary a bit too much. 2 IPL seasons is enough now. Can RCB at least back someone else for the upcoming CLT20??

  • on May 23, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    @ Deepak Jagadish : On what basis u can say!!! If RCB plays in clt20 i ll be the most happiest man...

  • on May 23, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Strictly Speaking George wrote a beautiful article showing the loop poles of the team. Without Overseas batsmen(Gayle and AB) the team batting line up is worst and bowling fully out of control. Hoping that RCB will improve in the next season and win the cup.

  • on May 23, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    @ Serenity Felt : ya dude RCB will top the qualifiers and Will be in CLT20 2012. RCB has the potential in them.They are raddle snakes and will explode its winning form in CLT20.We will win d cup :))))

  • on May 23, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    @Lepchuin : dude i had mentioned CSk also in my last comment .But apart from CSK team the other consistancy team is RCB..

  • on May 23, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    "Posted by Kiteflier on (May 22 2012, 13:09 PM GMT) I was surprised that Vijay Zol was not given a chance. He and Karun Nair could have left a mark I think. In fact instead of trying Saurabh Tiwari in every game these two could have been tried."

    You are really flying a kite. Vijay Zol and Karun Nair are two tiny fellows who do not have the hitting power or experience of Tiwari.

  • Lepchuin on May 22, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    @Deepak Jagadish..........i don disagree wid u, but pls don't say dey r d most consistent. CSK defines consistency lik no othr team. 1 semifinal, 1 Final, twice victors n 1 CLT20.......n nw dey r back in d playoffs!!! dat s by far, much betta dan RCB's stats

  • on May 22, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    @Deepak Jagadish: Dude are u sure that RCB still can play in CLT20 2012. I am a die hard RCB fan that y i asked u

  • on May 22, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Though RCB is out of IPL5 .No one can break or even match class of Chris Gayle and AB Devillers in any of IPL teams. RCB had a big negative point over past 5 IPL's is its bowling.Because its the biggest weak link we had. And guys RCB is the consistent team.Check this out..

    IPL Finals : 2 times IPL Semi finals: 1 time CLT20 Finals : ! times

    Apart from CSK no other team has achieved this. So guys better give some respect to RCB ..

    Big Positive is that We are in qualifiers for CLT20 2012 I am sure we will qualify for CLT20 and Win C LT20 2012 East or West RCB is the best..;)))

  • Percy_Fender on May 22, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    I was surprised that Vijay Zol was not given a chance. He and Karun Nair could have left a mark I think. In fact instead of trying Saurabh Tiwari in every game these two could have been tried. Tiwari has inspired awe not because of his skills but the price he got in the auction.Other than that he looks a thorough waste of time.He needs to be shown the door so that he can do some running and lose weight apart from improving his fielding.He has only put on weight in the francise of Good Times and in the salubrious climate of Bangalore.In some ways it is good that we got a view of Kohli's captaincy. I hope his backers will now realise that he is not ready for captaincy and should be allowed to concentrate on his batting alone. I hope in the coming season, Chet Pujara is played in the eleven because of the solidity he can bring if assured of a regular place in the side. That was what was lacking which was not glossed over in the end, Gayle's brutality notwithstanding.

  • pai11 on May 22, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    @anshu.s: even though the statistics that you have quoted are perfect, we must also take into consideration that Saurabh Tiwary plays for Jharkand which plays for Plate League in Ranji where the level of competition is definitely not upto the mark.. Tiwary was badly out of form.. period... cant lay the blame entirely on him though..

  • waheed1233 on May 22, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Felt bad for RCB. Probably they had the best batting line-up (in papers) among all the teams. However, when only two players perform in your team (exceptional Gayle and brilliant ABD), you cant expect them to move to the play-offs. You cant rely on someone like kohli (both as a batsman and as a captain) who has become a star by just one or two random good knocks while playing for india. Had ABD been the captain, dhoni would have got his place CSK deserved.

  • on May 22, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    RCB, need at least 2 more indian batsmen who can be in the playing 11 regularly. Since Kohli was not in best of form, RCB was the ordinary team this year. Only becz of Gayle & AB team came this long. There was no balance in the team. No batting after 3 to 4 wkts down, where as teams like MI & CSK had till 8th & 9th down. So just because of Gayle n AB RCB had hope till the last match. And please....do not hype Tiwari as a great batsman, he is utter waste...cannot hit short balls, cant rotate strike cannot field. Just try Pujara next year as opening or 1 down for at least 5 matches, I Bet he will do better than Tiwary. At least try Gautam, AB Kartik etc but please NOOOOOO to Tiwary...obviously Pujara can bat like dilshan (scoring ball to ball, we do not need overseas player to score 50 ball 50), even Mcdonald wud hv done better than Dilshan...DD or KKR deserve to win this year's IPL....

  • on May 22, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    The blunder they did by putting kohli as captain.. captain should always be cool guy like dhoni.. who knows how to handle any type of situation or like gambhir who led from the front for the team.. or like vettori who over the years did the job quite superbly.. kohli doesn't have attitude.. he should never be a captain.. i dont know how ppl are backing him up to captain national team.. he doesnt have proper skills attitude & more importantly behavior to led the team.. this step i think have cost RCB this IPL.. AB should have been a better choice if they had to replace vettori..

  • anshu.s on May 22, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    I feel guys you are being too harsh on Saurabh Tiwary ,some perspective is needed.Look there is no denying that since he made a move to RCB his record has been poor especially considering his price tag but don't forget he got that price tag because he had two stellar seasons with Mumbai Indians plus if you see his first class average is plus 40 and so is his list A average with good strike rate that's what got him in Indian team,this domestic season he has been missing with injury and hence no form,replacing him with Pujara or Kaif would have served no purpose because of there limited strokeplay,two wild card picks to replace him would have been 18 year old Vizay Zol or 21 year Karun Nair both huge gambles.I have been dissapointed by Dilshan,Kohli and entire RCB bowling attack,gutted they missed out on playoffs :(

  • on May 22, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Who cares who wins or not. IPL is more about entertainment, egos and money-display than about cricket.It doesn't matter that, once on the field, competitive juices starts flowing in and you may get few decent matches.

    Just a side note, if any body cares - In England, West Indies lost the first match. But they fought till the last blood even with limited capabilities. You couldn't predict who might win on the last day. But forget it, lets remember the Sehwag's and Dhoni's and Tendulkar's - they finally managed to get into top 4. they are truly amazing.

  • on May 22, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    I was vey much happy that RCB was out, than my team CSK were in .they only win when gayle has played if gayle were out of form they ll look like DC or PWI.I bet in next season they ll occupy last place .

  • sadha1972 on May 22, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    rcb lack a dynamic inspirational captain.kohli doesnt command respect like a gambhir ,sehwag or dhoni does.he is too arrogant,plays for the cameras and doesnt handle the pressure situations well.ab devilliers should be made captain.

  • on May 22, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Its the way they play their cricket.. Remembr how Kohli was out against DC trying to hit 6 in a last ball where the required run rate was just above 7..and 15 runs came off that over already.. Was it lack of talent ya maturity..Repeating the same mistakes again n again. Wasn"t he responsible for bailing his team out just for once.. Gayle, Dilshan, ABD, Murali, Vettori have all shown their class..its time the indian contingent in RCB shines. coz IPL is getiing tougher and tougher!!! AWAKE RCB AWAKE

  • on May 22, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    RCB is out because off, no proper batting order & Depending only on Gayle & AB de Viller. Vettori was a best captain, Kohl was not good captain, Captaincy can be given at-least to Gayle, AB de viller, Dilshan or Zaheer kahn because their know how to handle in difficult moment, even their are much experience. Kohli is not fit for captain. CSK has been entered.

  • vish57 on May 22, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    In T20 cricket the best batsmen should play all 20 overs; RCB paid price for over dependence on Gayle (hats off to his performance) and occassional brilliance of AB or Dilshan. Kohli dominated No. 3 position which he does not deserve after below par performance. Zaheer/Vinay did not live up to expectation, could not understand why they did not try Mithun who was a part of Indian Squad for Austrailia recently. RCB carried away by bits and pieces performance , rather than by class. Learning to RCB, never ever keep an overseas player as captain, take unbiased and bold decisions; but for Gayle RCB would have finished 9th in IPL-5 as RCB survived so far on publicity rather performance.

  • pureatichowdary on May 22, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    The big mistake made by RCB is making kohli as Captain who is not in good form, If captain fails team fails this is already proved to Pune,RCB and DC. Make AB as Captain he has Experience and Talent

  • on May 22, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    As important as gayle was to the rcb & as important the last game vs dc was, they never shouldve won the previous game vs dc. Needed 40 off 20 odd balls & AB smashed the ball to win the match. They couldnt expect another such soft bowling at the end again even though the total was low & chase able. But every team has this same problem, players underperforming & choking(dc fan & i know all too well). Just gotta enjoy the match & move on

  • on May 22, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    @ Min2_cric: U can't say ABD didn't perform to justify his talent. The 'abuse' (yes, u read it right) of ABD is the main cause of RCB's exit without any sort of doubts in addition to the team's lack of quality death bowler. Had ABD been sent higher the situation would have been entirely different, RCB might have won a match or two more than what they did which would have been enough to see them through to play offs and if u don't agree this, okay, no worries, let assume he wouldn't have won u more matches, he at least would have boosted their run rate for sure and even that would have been handful for them as u know they lagged behind CSK only on net run rate!

  • satish619chandar on May 22, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    @Rally_Windies : Do agree that Narine is a good spinner with a tag - Mystery spinner.. But Wasn't Mendis and Ashwin the same a couple of years back? And, let Narine play a couple of years to be judged completely.. @FoollyFedUp : Kohli didn't promote himself.. He is the No.3 for his team and just played in his slot.. Yes he was a failure in this edition but so was ABD last edition when Virat was the one who carried the team to finals along with Gayle.. It does happen in cricket often..

  • Min2_cric on May 22, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    I wanted rcb to win because i don't like csk and most importantly Dhoni.RCB's batting was entirely depended upon Chris Gayle.Kohli and Tiwari were not in form.Even De Villiers and Dishan played just a few knocks which really doesn't justify their batting strength.When Gayle's knock most needed he didn't play till the end and at the last rcb lost the playoff spot from under their nose.

  • DaredevilsUnlimited on May 22, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    IPL is over for RCB though Gayle played spliendidly. Not for long can any team progress further with two and half batsman and one and half bowlers. There were too many free loaders and non performes esp in local and Indian players . There must be far too stringent guidelines for performance linked payments and bare min to non performers and free loaders. Tiwary Zak Kohli and Dilshan were the worst offenders amongst high flyers and can include Vinay also. Hope next year the team mgt works out the right stragey and what is Patel sitting on sofa like a statue in match in and out

  • on May 22, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    RCB is an over rated team. Even earlier IPLs, even if they entered play offs at some stage they lost meekly. I cannot forget IPL 2009 when Utthappa wasted 5 balls and could not get 2 runs. Kumble was at the non-striker end, and at the end of game, virtually came and pushed away Utthappa, as if telling him what did you do. IPL 2009 some games they did well when Utthappa got going, but in a critical SF, as is his wont, he failed and RCB crashed out. So its been always that way.

  • on May 22, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    The best thing RCB has done is to keep Pujara out, unwittingly missing out on a good player but ensuring that he will not be injured. Hope the Indian selectors have the sense to pick him for the next tour (Sri Lanka)

  • sramesh_74 on May 22, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    How long will RCB continue to carry lousy performers like Tiwari and Zaheer??? About time these 'heavyweights' (not in terms of performance, but body mass and lack of agility) were dumped by the wayside.

  • on May 22, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    Gayle should be bought back by kkr come on shah ruk and kalis should be the captain

  • on May 22, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Since Gayle arrived at RCB in 2011, all other batsmen forgot how to play with exception of AB( who is not used properly by RCB). RCB will play as a team if Gayle will not be XI :). Kohli as captain failed miserably. His arrogant and over confident nature ruined him and his team. AB, who is SA current captain should lead RCB. Saurabh Tiwary can be voted as the Worst player of IPL ( who know only one shot - midwicket and a terrible fielder of his age).

  • satish619chandar on May 22, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    What RCB lacked was a good death bowler.. They had two in the squad but never used them - Nannes and Langeveldt.. Agarwal was always a decent foil for Gayle but for some reason, they picked Dilshan again and again.. Though Dilshan scored runs, he was surely not at his best and when Gayle failed, him with out of form Kohli and Tiwary the game went nowhere until ABD unleashed himself.. That was one crucial mistake done by RCB.. If one full fast bowler was there, they could have improved the NRR atleast if not win..

  • satanswish on May 22, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    You never win tournament with one man show....however it was pleasure to watch Gayle batting but RCB as a team was total failure.

  • on May 22, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    i dont understand why rcb didnt give chance to dirk nannes. he is a excellent t20 bowler

  • AnoMaLy on May 22, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    Saurabh Tiwari needs to hit the gym and go back to ranji/state level cricket. Highly overrated player and to be brutally honest not ready for the highest level.

  • Sehwag3rd300 on May 22, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    Was almost in tears when rcb were knocked out they r way too overdependent on de villiers and gayle and they shouldve beaten dc they needded like 30 off 25 and kohli just hit a six and tried to repeat the shot lack of good judgement cost rcb very disappointed not to see them in the playoffs

  • Sehwag3rd300 on May 22, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    Was almost in tears when rcb were knocked out they r way too overdependent on de villiers and gayle and they shouldve beaten dc they needded like 30 off 25 and kohli just hit a six and tried to repeat the shot lack of good judgement cost rcb very disappointed not to see them in the playoffs

  • Bruisers on May 21, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    @Rally_Windies- Funny comment. You should put it this way- "NARINE is better than most Indian spinners"... I have seen WI spinners, they are pathetic (apart from Narine). Benn was the most overrated spinner, Miller was as good as any part-timer, Shillingford will be a flop too. Only Bishoo seems to be an okay type of bowler, but not as good as the Indian leggies.

  • Nadeem1976 on May 21, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    My two cents, if you give me Gayle, Dilshan, Murli, Zaheer and then anti-chock Ab devliers then i would never IPL at all.

    How come they did not use AB Deviliers at the top of the order when he is in form of his life. Oh the boring Captain needs to go on top. Selfish play by RCB here. Then the Indian Tiwary needs to go ahead of him. What a joke.

    RCB just wasted AB deviliers talent and made him look like a looser where as he is anti-chock for SA. Sad RCB sad.

  • on May 21, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Saurabh Tiwary is the BIGGEST WASTE OF SPACE IN THE IPL. He has done nothing last year nor this year... and to think he comes in before AB de Villiers! AB should open the batting with Gayle. Then Dilshan and Kholi. They have their order all wrong... and the always relied on Gayle to make all the runs...

    I dont care who wins anymore. CSK lost their spark. I hate Gambir's attitude, and the MI are basically a team filled with personalities like Gambir's. DD show thatthey have no middle order at all.

  • Ali_Chaudhary on May 21, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    What use of those 733 runs and 59 sixes when your team doesnt eveny qualify for the next round? Gayle´s batiing vs Kolkata threw them out of IPL. BTW V. Kumar took 19 wickets. His economy is high because he was bowling on India´s flattest track (Banglore)

  • Karunk on May 21, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Flat Bangalore wicket was also responsible for highlighting RCB's lack of penetration in bowling. RCB had a mentor like Kumble but I keep wondering why he did not advice Kohli to bat first against DC in Hyderabad after studying the two paced wicket. Kumble should have pushed Pujara into the playing XI in place of Saurabh or Mayank against DC. Pujara with his technique and temperament would have bailed out RCB on a slow wicket. RCB failed in their team selection.

  • gokak on May 21, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    RCB was short of quality all rounder. It also did not utilize Mayank Agarwal well. He should have been given chances as an opener as he was in good form. sourabh Tiwary could have been dropped for some body else as he was contributing very less to the team's success. RCB continued to play him because they have paid him more.

  • on May 21, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Vinay's economy rate is mainly because of Bangalore pitch & small ground. Even steyn got plenty of hammering while playing in B'lore. Vinay bowled well in away matches & thats why he is highest wicket taker among Indian bowlers, even though he missed a match. I agree that Vinay was not at his best, this season but there is no doubt about abilities and commitments of this Karnataka skipper.His consistent Ranji performances from last 5 years shows that. Bangalore is always a high scoring ground & Economy rates of Bangalore bowlers who have to play 8 games here cant be compared with economy rates of Kolkata or Chennai bowlers for sure. Zaheer and Vinay being played for India were expected to perform better but bashing them for team not making it to the playoffs is unfair. Definitely neither Vinay's 3/22 of his four overs nor Zak's 2/30 in the Yesterday's match is the reason why they are out of the tournament. RCB should have gone for MK Pandey and S Binny(all rounder) instead of S.Tiwary

  • on May 21, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    They should have played Andrew McDonald more often and even Cheteshwar Pujara too. I was amazed to see that the latter did not get a single game even though Saurabh Tiwary was failing his job. For McDonald, Dilshan could have made way as he can both bat well and bowl economically (His economy was 6 or 7 or roundabout this year I guess).

  • Mayan820 on May 21, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    I cannot believe my eyes . . . one single person out of hundreds commenting on RCB who can see the biggest problem RCB had this season, exactly as I see it. Thank you Rydham. I truly thought that no one else is ever going to see it. RCB management must take the biggest blame for not selecting their best international combination (Gayle, De Villiers, McDonald and Murali) for, at least the majority of their matches. If they had, I have almost no doubts that they would have been in the playoffs now.

  • Rohan0309 on May 21, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    Excellent review. Very complete

  • Mayan820 on May 21, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    What did you say Ejaz Ahmed?? "What RCB was lacking was a decent all rounder" A. McDonald is surely one of the best all rounders in the world in the prof. T20 format of the game of cricket. RCB bought him, but by now it must surely be crystal clear why they gave him only 4 matches out of 16, one of which was washed out. Reason: They were convinced Dilshan was going to come good, but really . . . how many chances should a player get to come good in a tournament like this 4, 5, 6, 7 chances. Ok, I will even agree to 7, but Dilshan had about 10 which is hopelessly too many. His average SR was shocking for a player of his reputation. Had McDonald played the last game, RCB would have won and had he been selected in Dilshan's place before that RCB would not have been in the position to win a critical game to go through, because they would have been through already . . . just as simple as that!

  • Siddhantsachdeva on May 21, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    i just wonder they payed 1.6 mn $ to tiwary they could have got david warner who was paid a meagre 80000 $ by dd and murali kartik who was unsold in the first phase of the auction and then bought in second phase by pune for a meagre 20000 $ they have some unbelievable stars and at the same time some unknown indian players as well who knows next year one or two good allround buy here and there can balance their top batting heavy team and they can really make it a big one

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 21, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    oh boy, poor very poor indeed. 1m for Sir Vinay Kumar? kid me not. No quality pace bowlers and definitely playing Vettori for those games cost RCB much. Vettori was never a good leader neither a good T20 player

  • on May 21, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    More than RCB, I am worried about the Indian national team's bowling lineup. Almost all of them were below par -- Zaheer, Vinay, Praveen, Ashwin ( Harbhajan & Amit Misra were already fading out. Mishra's flash in the pan brilliance does not warrant a come back). The part-time bowlers for the shorter versions like Jadeja, Raina, Rohit, and even the occasional part-timer like Kohli were all. Yadv and to some extent Aaron showed some glimpses of hope. In international matches, Indian bowling may get clobbered, I am afraid.

  • on May 21, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Ive got to disagree with your flop buy - Harshal Patel was useless throughout the tournament and yet they persisted with him. He would certainly be my weak link.

    As for the rest of the side, they clearly missed Gayle and Dilshan at the beginning of the tournament and had they been available throughout they would have sailed through.

    Saying that they have too many overseas players. It would be great to have both Murali and Vettori in the starting XI but this clearly isnt feasible.

    Agarwal and Tiwary disappointed hugely and no younger players stood up either.

    AB McDonald looked good but again couldnt play due to too many overseas players! Vettori looked out of sorts as a bowler also.

  • Omer_inn on May 21, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    After gayle is gone..there in no reason left to watch this ipl anymore...miss him.. far greater batsman than anyone in this tournament.

  • on May 21, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    RCB paid the price of not having AB play up the order at 3. They could have utilized Dishan's bowling more.

  • Ram_Bangalore on May 21, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    My main worry was Saurabh Ti-Worry.. He did not show any brilliance with the bat or on the field (barring that 1 match against PWI where he hit the last ball for a 6, although RCB wouldn't have had brought it so close if not for his snailpace batting). I cannot understand how they failed to show faith on Pujara. The guy is a possible class act, similar to Rahane. He may not be as heavily built as Ti-Worry, but could've been given a few more chances to prove himself.

  • on May 21, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Credit to Vettori for sitting out and playing Murali but a player of that quality should not have been sitting out so many of the Challengers' games. He has been there one bright spark in the bowling department.

  • Vilander on May 21, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Nannes instead of Murali, Dan instead of Dilshan would have resolved the issue.

  • amitksingh on May 21, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Vinay Kumar AND Goni both are only in IPL for getting batsman enjoy hitting Sixes, Samincolumbia... u r amazing.... . Sir Ravindra Jadeja is a super batsman and super bowler, I am sure He will break records of Gayle and Murlidharan in terms of HITIING MOST sixes and in economy and getting prime wickets.

  • Vilander on May 21, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    RCB did not end level with CSK that why CSk went through and not RCB, there is no marginally lower in net run rate its just lower.

  • Nampally on May 21, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    It was a disappointing season for RCB team to be knocked off the play off.Kohli should concentrate on his batting rather than being distracted by Captaincy. He is a fine batsman & brilliant fielder. Just focus on these aspects and get the job done. RCB selectors should have let Vettori do the captaincy and let Kohli focus on his batting. That was the main reason for the elimination of RCB from play off. Also vettori ia an all rounder. Losing him from the side was a huge set back. RCB had enough batting in Gayle, Dilshan, de Velliere to go with Vittori. Kohli & Tiwary were the additional bonus. So the excuse for losing to DC in not scoring 136 runs was due to rash & irresponsible batting. I also hope the Indian Test selectors stop the crazy notion of grooming Kohli for captaincy. Otherwise they will lose his batting too & Kohli will lose his place in the XI.Among the youngsters the best Test captaincy candidatefor the Indian team is Pujara with S.Tiwary & Gambhir alternate candidates.

  • ZiggyMarley on May 21, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    The problem was not capitalising on AB de Villiers, not only because he may have been to crucial to win some the games they lost, but also because him facing more deliveries would have ensured RCB had a higher run rate. AB was scoring at 9.6 runs an over (S/R 160) wheras Kohli and Tiwary were scoring 6.6 runs an over, a massive 3 runs per over!!!! How could they bat him at 5 in T20's, especially behind a guy like Saurabh Tiwary. Also, how disheartening would it have been for bowlers to run and bowl to Gayle (left-handed) and de Villiers (right-handed) striking at an AVERAGE of 9.6 runs per over and scoring, between, an average of 100 runs.

  • skepticaloptimist on May 21, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Well, I still find it hard to believe that B'lore didn't retain Uthappa for 2011, which was the cardinal error. On any given day better than $1.6 million baby, Tiwary, Robin should would have been far bigger impact than was the aforementioned. Well, that was the idealist in me talking. Now the realist: they muddled up again in this auction. $1m for Vinay? Yeah, good luck with that. Super human efforts from Gayle and magic from AB and Murali can only take you so far. All that said, it would be unfair to blame the RCB for their planning. They had a clear plan with whatever limited resources they had. Four excellent batters, two decent ones. Two world-class bowlers - Murali and Zak - and three decent-ish ones. Out of the four excellent batters, only two shone; two decent ones, none did; from two world-class bowlers, one did, and none of the decent-ish bowlers did. Fault was with execution, not planning. Tough luck.

  • Noball_Specialist on May 21, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Solution: Get the indian players out of the Bangalore Team.

    And perhaps, the IPL is in reality no better than any other tournament with the same foreign heros playing with the hosting country's average motley bunch.

  • on May 21, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    @Rally-windies

    We saw what WI could do when they lost 4 consecutive series against Indian C side.Fact is even Gayle won't make into Indian test/ODI side.

  • AMAZINGFAN on May 21, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    rcb payed the price for not playing as a team.they lost this tournament because of their bowlers .they can't even defend 200 against csk.they have to drop vinay kumar and also zaheer khan.they need to get fast bowlers from overseas and they should buy batsman from india.virat kohli should control his arrogance and concentrate on his batting.many said kohli is the next big thing but he scored many centuries in sub continent and his centuries in aus was in flat tracks like hobart and adelaide.he has potential to become next sachin but time will tell whether he is good or not.

  • on May 21, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    I looked at the performances of the west indians in this year's IPL and i wonder why is it that the West Indies cannot mold a squad capable defeating the number one ranked one day team....gayle, bravo, narine,russel,cooper....on a different note...RCB placed too much dependency on Chris Gayle....Their inability to make it to the playoffs is not at all surprising.

  • AMAZINGFAN on May 21, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    @rally_windies,don't worry narines mystery will be solved by the batsman soon.narine is the next ajanta mendis india and pakistan were the first team to pick ajanta mendis and they will be first to pick narine.gayle smashes only medium pace bowlers he struggled against quality bowlers like steyn and malinga.he really struggles against quick bowlers.ur chris gayle will not put bat to ball against england bowlers.remember ashwin and ojha destroyed the wi batting in the test series last year.

  • on May 21, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    If the IPL owners are smart enough they would have learned a lesson from all this editions that big payout and getting super stars doenst gurantee good performance. look at Rajatan Royals and Punjab teams, they dont have big stars(dravid and Gilly have past their prime) but they still performed pretty well as a tea, and if RR had Watson from the beginning thye would have been in knock outs and Also deccan charges, in the beginning of the tournament they lost the matches which they could have eaily won, it was not their batting or bowling but their fielding that let them down

  • samincolumbia on May 21, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Sir Vinay Kumar - Dhoni's pet and therefore assured of a place in the XI no matter what!! The other great bowler is Sir Ravendra Jadeja!!

  • on May 21, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Chris Gayle was IPL 2012's top scorer, with 733 runs in that superb 59 sixes Rocking Gayle.....

  • on May 21, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Right balance plays a key role in any form of cricket. Had RCB an extra batsman in their last game, they would be playing playoffs instead of CSK. I remember in 2009 T20 world cup Pakistan was playing badly in their intial games and only when Abul Razzaq arrived for injured Yasir Arafat they found the right balance and eventually won the world cup. Even in this IPL KXIP were really struggling at one stage but inclusion of Azhar Mehmood made a huge impact. RCB has many match winners who can win matches on their own but they never found right balance. What they lacking was a decent all rounder. Also RCB didn't have match winning bowler. Even in the match again DD when they scored 215 they are struggling at one stage to win the match. Why KKR and DD are doing well in this tournament is because they have some match winning bowlers which RCB is clearly lacking. Saurabh Tiwary for $1.6m is the biggest failure. They could have got some couple of good indian players for that price

  • Rally_Windies on May 21, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    this entire IPL makes me angry as a Wi supporter...

    WI bowlers and SPINNERs are of much higher quality than what I have seen in India ...

    WI spinners can walk onto an Indian team, Ohja and Arshwin, are not good enough to play 1st class cricket in the WI ......

    but WI spinners cannot play unless you are a personal friend of the captain ......

  • AjitNarayan on May 21, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    One man team. Enough said.

  • ddc....... on May 21, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    good that they are out they were a 1man team

  • on May 21, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Their main problem was bowling. Zaheer Khan is hugely overrated and Vinay Kumar is a club class bowler. As pointed out above, he got 19 wickets were 11 were during the death when batsmen are hitting out every ball.

  • Rydham on May 21, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Instead of persistingwith Dilshan, RCB should have gone for AB McDonald. He is an attacking batsman as well as a very good bowler. He is a genuine all rounder but RCB has missed the trick inspite of couple of good performances by him. What a bad luck !! Even in some of the matches, Dirk Nanes could have been used as he is a lethal fast bowler with pace and accuracy.

  • shantiratnamaj on May 21, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    its that over by Virat Kholi which cost 28 runs to Albie morkel that became the difference at the end of the day in the point table: RCB lost the whole tournament because of that over. You must blame Vettori as well for bowling VK in that over. I don't think any player in this tournament is worth more than $ 500,000. Especially Ravindra Jedega - oh please give me a break.

  • ramab on May 21, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    RCB's main problem was bowling. DD almost pulled of a chase of 200+ without Viru, and they had another 200+ score chased by CSK. As said in the article they did not give games to foreign fast bowlers like Nannes (who could have been picked instead of Dilshan) as they have enough batting. Instead they tried McDonald who may be a namesake allrounder but only below average. I don't understand why they have to go with 3 foreign batsmen when fast bowling is the weak link from the Indian set.

  • FoollyFedUp on May 21, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Kohli was a disaster in a lot more many ways. Terrible captain. Was generous with Albie Morkel, and often promoted himself up the order. With a strike rate of 111, he was worse than Tiwary. Both of them together can destroy any hopes for any franchise. In stock market parlance, they are the perfect value destroying dud stocks.

  • on May 21, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Chris Gayle was a sensation,..i would have like him to play in playoffs,but rest of the side didn't perform well............RCB- one man army i.e. CHRIS GAYLE

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  • on May 21, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Chris Gayle was a sensation,..i would have like him to play in playoffs,but rest of the side didn't perform well............RCB- one man army i.e. CHRIS GAYLE

  • FoollyFedUp on May 21, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Kohli was a disaster in a lot more many ways. Terrible captain. Was generous with Albie Morkel, and often promoted himself up the order. With a strike rate of 111, he was worse than Tiwary. Both of them together can destroy any hopes for any franchise. In stock market parlance, they are the perfect value destroying dud stocks.

  • ramab on May 21, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    RCB's main problem was bowling. DD almost pulled of a chase of 200+ without Viru, and they had another 200+ score chased by CSK. As said in the article they did not give games to foreign fast bowlers like Nannes (who could have been picked instead of Dilshan) as they have enough batting. Instead they tried McDonald who may be a namesake allrounder but only below average. I don't understand why they have to go with 3 foreign batsmen when fast bowling is the weak link from the Indian set.

  • shantiratnamaj on May 21, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    its that over by Virat Kholi which cost 28 runs to Albie morkel that became the difference at the end of the day in the point table: RCB lost the whole tournament because of that over. You must blame Vettori as well for bowling VK in that over. I don't think any player in this tournament is worth more than $ 500,000. Especially Ravindra Jedega - oh please give me a break.

  • Rydham on May 21, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Instead of persistingwith Dilshan, RCB should have gone for AB McDonald. He is an attacking batsman as well as a very good bowler. He is a genuine all rounder but RCB has missed the trick inspite of couple of good performances by him. What a bad luck !! Even in some of the matches, Dirk Nanes could have been used as he is a lethal fast bowler with pace and accuracy.

  • on May 21, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Their main problem was bowling. Zaheer Khan is hugely overrated and Vinay Kumar is a club class bowler. As pointed out above, he got 19 wickets were 11 were during the death when batsmen are hitting out every ball.

  • ddc....... on May 21, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    good that they are out they were a 1man team

  • AjitNarayan on May 21, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    One man team. Enough said.

  • Rally_Windies on May 21, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    this entire IPL makes me angry as a Wi supporter...

    WI bowlers and SPINNERs are of much higher quality than what I have seen in India ...

    WI spinners can walk onto an Indian team, Ohja and Arshwin, are not good enough to play 1st class cricket in the WI ......

    but WI spinners cannot play unless you are a personal friend of the captain ......

  • on May 21, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Right balance plays a key role in any form of cricket. Had RCB an extra batsman in their last game, they would be playing playoffs instead of CSK. I remember in 2009 T20 world cup Pakistan was playing badly in their intial games and only when Abul Razzaq arrived for injured Yasir Arafat they found the right balance and eventually won the world cup. Even in this IPL KXIP were really struggling at one stage but inclusion of Azhar Mehmood made a huge impact. RCB has many match winners who can win matches on their own but they never found right balance. What they lacking was a decent all rounder. Also RCB didn't have match winning bowler. Even in the match again DD when they scored 215 they are struggling at one stage to win the match. Why KKR and DD are doing well in this tournament is because they have some match winning bowlers which RCB is clearly lacking. Saurabh Tiwary for $1.6m is the biggest failure. They could have got some couple of good indian players for that price