Bangalore v Punjab, IPL 2013, Bangalore May 15, 2013

Kohli concerned after another RCB bowling failure

ESPNcricinfo staff

The question mark over Royal Challengers Bangalore's bowling remains, following their seven-wicket loss to Kings XI Punjab at the Chinnaswamy after posting 174. After the game, captain Virat Kohli said the total was good enough to defend, and it is worrying that his bowlers are misfiring at this important stage of the tournament.

"The bowling has not been great. That's something we need to look into," Kohli said. "That was a bit of concern last year as well, so we thought bringing in more options would be helpful but the guys haven't been able to execute in the last few overs.

"One-seventy-five was a pretty good total to defend. But we didn't hit the right areas."

Royal Challengers had bought four seamers at the IPL auction in February, in Ravi Rampaul, RP Singh, Jaydev Unadkat and Pankaj Singh. Their other three acquisitions were seam-bowling allrounders Moises Henriques, Dan Christian and Christopher Barnwell. Kohli had said in the lead-up to the season that he had specifically wanted to shore up their attack, but still the bowling issues persist.

For the game against Kings XI, Rampaul, who has been one of the better Royal Challengers bowlers this season - with 12 wickets from nine games, he has the best average and economy rate for the team so far - was left out. Kohli said that was prompted by Kings XI's line-up: "Ravi didn't play because they had three impact left-handers [Adam Gilchrist, Shaun Marsh and David Miller], so we decided that [Muttiah] Muralitharan would be a better option."

When they batted, Royal Challengers had got off to a sedate start, with Kohli and Chris Gayle only scoring at around a run-a-ball until the 14th over. That, Kohli said, was because of the nature of the pitch: "The wicket looked pretty good to play on but that actually wasn't the case. It was pretty slow, keeping low and the ball wasn't coming on to the bat. That's why Chris and I decided to stick around.

"In the first five-six overs, the pitch was a bit different [to the usual tracks at the Chinnaswamy] and it was keeping low and slow. It settled down beautifully in the second half and we didn't expect that. I thought it would remain slow throughout the game."

Royal Challengers now need to win their final game, against current table-toppers Chennai Super Kings, and hope other results go in their favour to progress to the playoffs. "It's not a good position to be in, with a must-win game at hand. But we have to deal with it," Kohli said. "We have to let the guys be themselves and not put pressure on them. They are professionals and know what to do."

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  • Dummy4 on May 17, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Thank you Roshan Jha, somebody finally speaking some sense... It is clear that the problem with RCB lies with the coaching setup, it is Chrystal clear to see that they lack clear BOWLING PlANS AN STRATEGIES WHEN THEY TAKE THE FIELD... The last 3 or 4 games their bowling has been terrible. I just hope they get their ack together when the face CSK or its bye bye for them....

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    i can not believe that pitch changes in 20 overs, if it is then how pitch lasts for 5 days in test match, rcb played slowly in initial overs and could not postbig total which required due to poor bowling options which costed them the match

  • Rupkumar on May 15, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    leaving out Ravi is also a mistake and also people forget to mention Murali Karthik that has been economical right through the season.

    i understand they had three left handers but you cant leave out your best bowlers out of the squad when you know your bowling has faltered.

  • Narayan on May 15, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    RCB has batsmen but no wicket-taking bowlers. Vinay Kumar keeps getting thrashed all over the cricket ground. RCB is a highly imbalanced side.

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Changes required in RCB: Murali Kartik for Muttaih, Dilshan for Pujara, Ravi Rampaul/McDonald for Henriques, RP singh for Arun Kartik, ABD will do keeping.

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Bring Murali Kartik for Muttaih, Dilshan for Pujara, Ravi Rampaul/McDonald for Henriques, RP singh for Arun Kartik , Devilliars will do keeping. Do these changes and goodluck for Next IPL!becoz RCB is out of this IPL

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    i dont know why everybody keeps telling that rcb are dependent on the big three.t20 is a game where one or two players are enough to take them through. even mi and csk depend on big three.mi depends only on kartik,rohit,pollard.csk depends only on dhoni,hussey and raina.

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    It seems the issue is with the coach, every other team has a plan bowling for every batsman esp. for Gayle.But RCB always come with their simple strategy of bowling typical orthodox and bookish good balls which is not sufficient in 20-20 format.You are very predictable there. Resting Rampaul and Murli Kartik was like making it worse from bad. One more point, Gayle should bowl in every match, never understood why he is being not used to potential.

  • Taslim on May 15, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    @Jitesh , Why not take all the match winner in your side. I suggest include Watson & Hussey as well and then play alone..MOst of the good players are alreay in the Bangalore team now what else you want... let other team also participate in the contest... It's very pity on the other team... May be next session they should dissolve the whole team except for the indian players and allow equal participation from all the teams. So players like AB, Gayle , Watson Steyn & Husssey should be divided amongst all the team.

  • Android on May 15, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Kohli should do something to change hus attitude. Nobody cares if he shouts like that at his teammates. He dhould understand that he is not the ultimate cricketer

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