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  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    I wonder how RCB could go without Gayle. They seemed like a better side without him (except for their last game). Whether they should choose to go with Rossouw or Maddinson or both and release Gayle somewhere else. However Gayle wasn't at full fitness and thus didn't play as good as he could've if he were not injured. Ultimately if you go with Rossouw/Maddinson, they don't have a star player tag and so bowlers won't properly know their weaknesses and strengths, which would give RCB and element of suprise

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | May 28, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    If experienced like AB, Albie comes down the order, batsman like Albie under used, how can you win ? AB hardly got a chance to score more than 25. Look at MI, CSK who played foreign players on top when they could not get a win. It's shameful, RCB despite having great line up in tournament, could not get to even semis, same as previous season.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 28, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    Very poor captaincy... None of the players learnt from mistakes and they could have gone back and checked, what good things they have done for first 2 matches...

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    Positives - 1). Yuvi's (376 runs, 3 fitys, 28 sixes, also bowled some good spells) and AB's (395 runs, 3 fifty's, 24 sixes) presence make their middle order deadly which was their weakness till last season. Those two also contributed most runs and match winning knocks for RCB, not Gayle or Kohli. 2). Starc's (death or powerplay) and Chahal's bowling. So there were only 4 heroes out of 21 member squad for RCB.

    Negatives - 1). Flop top order, they ALWAYS put the pressure in middle order and never gave a good start. 2). Gayle's super flop show throughout the season, his 10's and 20's in 30-40 balls, put ultimate pressure in middle. 3). Kohli's form, which unfortunately came in last two games, he also failed to build any inning and give a platform to Yuvi and AB, except in last 2 games. 4). They failed to find a stable and right combination. 5). Poor leadership from Kohli, everybody saw it. He couldn't motivate anyone on the field under pressure, in fact he was making helpless faces.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 28, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    Bad leadership leads to bad results. Making the same mistakes match after match, and expecting different results - that is crazy!

  • POSTED BY caught_knott_bowled_old on | May 28, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    RCB is the best example of how a team can lose the tournament right at the auction and off-the field. Poor picks at the auction (Yuvraj and Albie) and worse tactics in selecting the playing XI led to this poor performance. Virat may be a good batsman, but clearly, does not have the nous to be a captain. He is unable to spot talent and strategize for a tournament. Sadly, he doesn't have a Tom Moody or Stephen Fleming to give him wise counsel.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    @ROHITRAJ94 ON MAY 27, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Both Virat Kohli & Gautam Gambhir have this temperament problem; not a good trait to have to be an effective leader. Such guys can never be "Team Builders". They may still win, through some brilliant performance from individual players. That way, Gautam was lucky to have a Narine & Uthappa. The one flash performance from Yusuf.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    1. Whydid they play an unfit Gayle? 2. Why AB was played way down the order? 3. What happened to Kohli's vaunted confidence? Did the poor form affect his confidence too? 4. Why this obsessive persistence with Dinda?

    One simple solution, which may work: Make AB the caption, from next season.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | May 27, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    They were ordinary right through the season. Two of those five wins came against this year's minnows DD and another came against MI when they were on their five-match losing spree. They had a couple of single-handed wins - ABD against SRH and Yuvraj against DD. That win against CSK too was a bit of a fluke, with ABD and Yuvraj pulling them out of another definite-defeat-situation. There wasn't a single game in the entire season in which they put up a collective team performance. They didn't have the best batting lineup. They simply had some of the best batsmen in the team, that's all. They deserved to finish in the bottom two, and they did. And there's no point blaming the captain if all the players failed individually.

  • POSTED BY rohitraj94 on | May 27, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    I dont understand why people think that virat kohli is the future captain of india,...have you seen how he reacts on the field ..shameful it is.... one particular incident which i remember is when kohli tried for a needless run out(as the batsman was already inside the crease when kohli got to the ball),the ball did'nt hit the stumps and it went for a boundary,..then he started yelling swear words at the fielder who he thought could have gotten to the ball after it didnt hit the stumps,...and you want to know who the fielder was,..it was muralidaran and he was yards away ,no one in the world could have saved that overthrow,(not abd,warner or any1 for that matter) this shows that kohli doesnt have that one captain must have,..THE ABILITY TO ACCEPT YOUR MISTAKE EVEN AS A CAPTAIN.....

    If rohit sharma is in good form ,..then i would prefer him to lead the indian team when dhoni steps down..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 27, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    RCB lost momentum...same as india lost momentum I icc wt20 final..thank to yuvraj for scoreing run less then run a ball

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 27, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Vijay mallya please drop Allan Donald from blowling coach & Ashok Dinda the worst bowler india have ever produced.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    I am in the opinion that luck did not favour RCB.their luck went with the loss to KKR,if Lynn did not take that catch RCB should have won and gone to 6 points.Then the match against RR was lost due to loose bowling.How did RCB got him when KKR did not take him.Why did they not take RP SINGH.One more point was that this team is without a single Bangalore players.Last IPL VINAY was second highest wicket taker,they dropped him.Aaron is fast but not tricky bowler.He had lost many matches when he played for Indian team.As someone who had mentioned about Kholi,he has to control himself if he wants to take over captaincy of Indian team.We can say Rohit Sharma can be a good captain then Kholi.He got ideas.Last year when he took over from Ponting everything changed for MI and they won IPL and CLT.One final point is RCB can win within ABD AS CAPTAIN.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    very simple, remove kohli fm captain, tht's it, atleast RCB entered playoffs under verttori captaincy,

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 27, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    for next year release albie dinda warrior. if Gayle wasn't fit better to release him. try to bring some quality playrs like Mathews seenanayake karun. also release murulidarn. giv captaincy to abd. let kohli to play his natural game

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | May 27, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    If IPL has shown anything for India cricket it is that Virat Kohli is NOT a good captain. He keeps yelling at people, cursing them for smallest of mistakes. He makes others life miserable if he is given out cheaply whether rightly or wrongly. Tactically also I do not see anything much to talk about his captaincy. I do not like Gambhir as a player, but the way he handled his bowlers in of of the recent matches (with Hyderabad) was exemplary.

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | May 27, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    Cricinfo is the magazine for Cricket all over the world and is the place to rise issues. I am surprised there are no articles from anyone on the importance of the composition of the team. Pros and Cons could be discussed.

    There is a rule that one cannot have more than 4 overseas players in playing XI. This does NOT mean one HAS to have 4 foreign players!

    Also why there is a rule only for foreign players? BCCI has always talked about IPL being the hunting ground for young local talent from remote small towns. If sponsors of a team do not spend time and money in looking for players in small places towns how will one justify such a claim. This is the sense of responsibility BCCI need to bring in to sponsors. Also make 4 players mandatory from the state they are deemed to represent.

    Also passion - make the local player the captain; will bring in lots of passion like Rohit Sharma.

    There are host of other things that can be done.

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | May 27, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    One main reason is passion or lack of it! If the Karnataka team with Vinay Kumar as captain had been one of the teams (with Uthappa, Karun, Pandey, Gopal, Sharath, Mithun, Gautham and rest of the folks of Ranji Trophy) and the team is called Karnataka , they would have beaten most IPL team and definitely the Royal Challengers (don't deserve B!)

  • POSTED BY nonstoptaxii on | May 27, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Virat is not suitable to captain rcb / india, guy got terrible attitude and aggression.

  • POSTED BY vaidyar on | May 27, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    Next time please remove the B from the name. There has to be some semblance of the city they seem to represent. With RC there isn't anything except the owner. Time the rules set a minimum number of players from the local Ranji team. But in a way players like Karun Nair or Shreyas G wouldn't get any chances to play I guess.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | May 27, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    RCB has big players but other than AB they all are superstars. Especailly Gayle who do not even run to convert singles into doubles. Gayle is the reason why RCB lose big matches he do not rotate the strike to create problems in opponent rankings.

    Also Kohli is so much emotional captain he needs to play as captain and take the responsibility to win matches.

    Yuvi played well, it was his first season with RCB and he played well but two superstars Gayle and Kholi did not win a single match for RCB.

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2014, 23:48 GMT

    Karnataka has good local players playing most of the teams in IPL barring RCB.Surprisingly Not even one from our Ranji winning squad.Its a team game which needs contributions from all. Over-dependence on batting time and again to win matches that too .Only AB,Yuvi and Kohli .Our bowling less said the better barring Chahal. At least Team management should realize its a team game and though we had one of the most destructive batsmen(four of them) will not win all the matches,we do need contributions from all to win matches.Chris Lynn catch was the biggest setback for our campaign which could never recover from.Again one decent over could have saved the day against Rajasthan Royals.Hope next year have some locals ..otherwise it tough to support our Bangalore team without anybody from Karanataka...We do have abundance of cricketing talent.

  • POSTED BY SamWintson92 on | May 26, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    My take on RCB: 1. The form of Gayle. He was carrying an injury throughout the IPL & that had an impact on him. 2. Yuvraj, couple of decent knocks in the whole season. 3. Kohli should have scored heavily. 4. A Morkel was a big disappointment. I'm a fan of him but I feel he will be released next season. RCB needs a game changing allrounder. In T20 cricket, RCB has to be packed with allrounders and so it will give the team balance. 5. The bowling of RCB has always been one paced, they lack variety. In T20 cricket, bowling attack should have variety with wicket taking options. KKR attack is a prime example: Quick Morne & Umesh, Vinay can bowl yorkers and slower ones, then there's mystery of Narine, followed by smart left armer of Shakib and also medium pace cutters of Doeschate. 6. Ashok Dinda always leaks runs in the death, he should be released. 7. I don't rate the captaincy of Kohli. Next season, AB should be the skipper.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 26, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    As an RCB fan, I have some chips to throw in here. First of all, Chris Gayle should be shown the way out. He's no longer the player he used to be, a walking wicket with minimal footwork. He also doesn't run between the wickets which throws the other batsman out of balance. Kohli should resign from captaincy and AB needs to take over. We also need good Indian fast bowlers. Can't keep playing 2 overseas bowlers all the time. Last but not least, try to prepare wickets at home that suit our players instead of bland batting wickets where our bowlers are exposed. Very disappointing season, a shocker !

  • POSTED BY trip_trap on | May 26, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    For some reason I thought Parthiv Patel had a decent outing. Turns out he barely averaged 20 in 12 innings and didn't account for a single catch or stumping. Amazing stat, that! Him being the wk and all!

    RCB will forever continue to remain a colorful team that lots of ppl will love, but it'll rarely move beyond a 4th position towards the top. It's got superb players, all giant personalities in themselves, good friends of each other, but they never seem to gel as a unit.

    Way too much laughter and very little differences of opinions within team.Which is not always a great thing! Almost seems like the team revolves around Kohli and Yuvi, with AB and Gayle playing polite entourage. While the rest of the lesser mortals circle around, hoping their greatness will somehow rub off on them just by hanging around them.

    They're a good team, give us a good time. But real tough call whether to passionately support them!

  • POSTED BY niazbhi on | May 26, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    RCB actually got a few things right. They new they needed big hitters like Gayle, Yuvraj, ABD. They had Kohli. Gayle did not do well. Yuvraj is no longer any threat. ABD should have played in the top 3 (IPL rule number 1 is play your top batsman in top 3). Chahal and Jakati.. at the start of the season they looked like the right spinners. I guess they should have picked a better foreign pace bowler. Starc almost bowled as good as Johnson. They needed one of those well controlled indian swing bowlers (BK, Bumrah, Balazi, Sandeep, Mohit kind). Who knew indian swing bowlers were golden and Starc and Johnson would not fire. Who knew foreign bats were high octane.. today I would pick my international batsmen over Yuvraj, Raina. Rohit and Dhawan. At the start of the season I did not know that.

  • POSTED BY ssgdave on | May 26, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    If Chris Gayle was not fit, someone else should have been in the number 1 or 2 batting slot. His inability to run between the wickets was more evident this IPL than it has ever been. He is great to watch when he is on, but he couldn't rotate the strike and "a quick single" or a two are not in his current batting vocabulary. Parthiv Patel was often left stranded because of Gayle's inability to move between the wickets and many runs were lost because of it. In his current condition this year it may have been better to use him as a finisher when rotating the strike is not as important as keeping the big bat on strike. Ravi Rampual appeared to be woefully out of shape and not effective, Murli has seen better days, and Takawale should maybe gotten more of a chance to impress.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | May 26, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    Time to get rid of non-performing big names and invest in younger core group of players (both local and foreign). It may not yield a trophy next year, but they can expect better results in 2-3 years.

  • POSTED BY ODI_BestFormOfCricket on | May 26, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    rcb need good fast bowler.

  • POSTED BY hussyboy81 on | May 26, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Kohli should give up the captaincy next season to ABD..... he should focus purely on his batting.... when in flow, he is a great player to watch!

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  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    I wonder how RCB could go without Gayle. They seemed like a better side without him (except for their last game). Whether they should choose to go with Rossouw or Maddinson or both and release Gayle somewhere else. However Gayle wasn't at full fitness and thus didn't play as good as he could've if he were not injured. Ultimately if you go with Rossouw/Maddinson, they don't have a star player tag and so bowlers won't properly know their weaknesses and strengths, which would give RCB and element of suprise

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | May 28, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    If experienced like AB, Albie comes down the order, batsman like Albie under used, how can you win ? AB hardly got a chance to score more than 25. Look at MI, CSK who played foreign players on top when they could not get a win. It's shameful, RCB despite having great line up in tournament, could not get to even semis, same as previous season.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 28, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    Very poor captaincy... None of the players learnt from mistakes and they could have gone back and checked, what good things they have done for first 2 matches...

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    Positives - 1). Yuvi's (376 runs, 3 fitys, 28 sixes, also bowled some good spells) and AB's (395 runs, 3 fifty's, 24 sixes) presence make their middle order deadly which was their weakness till last season. Those two also contributed most runs and match winning knocks for RCB, not Gayle or Kohli. 2). Starc's (death or powerplay) and Chahal's bowling. So there were only 4 heroes out of 21 member squad for RCB.

    Negatives - 1). Flop top order, they ALWAYS put the pressure in middle order and never gave a good start. 2). Gayle's super flop show throughout the season, his 10's and 20's in 30-40 balls, put ultimate pressure in middle. 3). Kohli's form, which unfortunately came in last two games, he also failed to build any inning and give a platform to Yuvi and AB, except in last 2 games. 4). They failed to find a stable and right combination. 5). Poor leadership from Kohli, everybody saw it. He couldn't motivate anyone on the field under pressure, in fact he was making helpless faces.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 28, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    Bad leadership leads to bad results. Making the same mistakes match after match, and expecting different results - that is crazy!

  • POSTED BY caught_knott_bowled_old on | May 28, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    RCB is the best example of how a team can lose the tournament right at the auction and off-the field. Poor picks at the auction (Yuvraj and Albie) and worse tactics in selecting the playing XI led to this poor performance. Virat may be a good batsman, but clearly, does not have the nous to be a captain. He is unable to spot talent and strategize for a tournament. Sadly, he doesn't have a Tom Moody or Stephen Fleming to give him wise counsel.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    @ROHITRAJ94 ON MAY 27, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Both Virat Kohli & Gautam Gambhir have this temperament problem; not a good trait to have to be an effective leader. Such guys can never be "Team Builders". They may still win, through some brilliant performance from individual players. That way, Gautam was lucky to have a Narine & Uthappa. The one flash performance from Yusuf.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    1. Whydid they play an unfit Gayle? 2. Why AB was played way down the order? 3. What happened to Kohli's vaunted confidence? Did the poor form affect his confidence too? 4. Why this obsessive persistence with Dinda?

    One simple solution, which may work: Make AB the caption, from next season.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | May 27, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    They were ordinary right through the season. Two of those five wins came against this year's minnows DD and another came against MI when they were on their five-match losing spree. They had a couple of single-handed wins - ABD against SRH and Yuvraj against DD. That win against CSK too was a bit of a fluke, with ABD and Yuvraj pulling them out of another definite-defeat-situation. There wasn't a single game in the entire season in which they put up a collective team performance. They didn't have the best batting lineup. They simply had some of the best batsmen in the team, that's all. They deserved to finish in the bottom two, and they did. And there's no point blaming the captain if all the players failed individually.

  • POSTED BY rohitraj94 on | May 27, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    I dont understand why people think that virat kohli is the future captain of india,...have you seen how he reacts on the field ..shameful it is.... one particular incident which i remember is when kohli tried for a needless run out(as the batsman was already inside the crease when kohli got to the ball),the ball did'nt hit the stumps and it went for a boundary,..then he started yelling swear words at the fielder who he thought could have gotten to the ball after it didnt hit the stumps,...and you want to know who the fielder was,..it was muralidaran and he was yards away ,no one in the world could have saved that overthrow,(not abd,warner or any1 for that matter) this shows that kohli doesnt have that one captain must have,..THE ABILITY TO ACCEPT YOUR MISTAKE EVEN AS A CAPTAIN.....

    If rohit sharma is in good form ,..then i would prefer him to lead the indian team when dhoni steps down..

  • POSTED BY hussyboy81 on | May 26, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Kohli should give up the captaincy next season to ABD..... he should focus purely on his batting.... when in flow, he is a great player to watch!

  • POSTED BY ODI_BestFormOfCricket on | May 26, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    rcb need good fast bowler.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | May 26, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    Time to get rid of non-performing big names and invest in younger core group of players (both local and foreign). It may not yield a trophy next year, but they can expect better results in 2-3 years.

  • POSTED BY ssgdave on | May 26, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    If Chris Gayle was not fit, someone else should have been in the number 1 or 2 batting slot. His inability to run between the wickets was more evident this IPL than it has ever been. He is great to watch when he is on, but he couldn't rotate the strike and "a quick single" or a two are not in his current batting vocabulary. Parthiv Patel was often left stranded because of Gayle's inability to move between the wickets and many runs were lost because of it. In his current condition this year it may have been better to use him as a finisher when rotating the strike is not as important as keeping the big bat on strike. Ravi Rampual appeared to be woefully out of shape and not effective, Murli has seen better days, and Takawale should maybe gotten more of a chance to impress.

  • POSTED BY niazbhi on | May 26, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    RCB actually got a few things right. They new they needed big hitters like Gayle, Yuvraj, ABD. They had Kohli. Gayle did not do well. Yuvraj is no longer any threat. ABD should have played in the top 3 (IPL rule number 1 is play your top batsman in top 3). Chahal and Jakati.. at the start of the season they looked like the right spinners. I guess they should have picked a better foreign pace bowler. Starc almost bowled as good as Johnson. They needed one of those well controlled indian swing bowlers (BK, Bumrah, Balazi, Sandeep, Mohit kind). Who knew indian swing bowlers were golden and Starc and Johnson would not fire. Who knew foreign bats were high octane.. today I would pick my international batsmen over Yuvraj, Raina. Rohit and Dhawan. At the start of the season I did not know that.

  • POSTED BY trip_trap on | May 26, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    For some reason I thought Parthiv Patel had a decent outing. Turns out he barely averaged 20 in 12 innings and didn't account for a single catch or stumping. Amazing stat, that! Him being the wk and all!

    RCB will forever continue to remain a colorful team that lots of ppl will love, but it'll rarely move beyond a 4th position towards the top. It's got superb players, all giant personalities in themselves, good friends of each other, but they never seem to gel as a unit.

    Way too much laughter and very little differences of opinions within team.Which is not always a great thing! Almost seems like the team revolves around Kohli and Yuvi, with AB and Gayle playing polite entourage. While the rest of the lesser mortals circle around, hoping their greatness will somehow rub off on them just by hanging around them.

    They're a good team, give us a good time. But real tough call whether to passionately support them!

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 26, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    As an RCB fan, I have some chips to throw in here. First of all, Chris Gayle should be shown the way out. He's no longer the player he used to be, a walking wicket with minimal footwork. He also doesn't run between the wickets which throws the other batsman out of balance. Kohli should resign from captaincy and AB needs to take over. We also need good Indian fast bowlers. Can't keep playing 2 overseas bowlers all the time. Last but not least, try to prepare wickets at home that suit our players instead of bland batting wickets where our bowlers are exposed. Very disappointing season, a shocker !

  • POSTED BY SamWintson92 on | May 26, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    My take on RCB: 1. The form of Gayle. He was carrying an injury throughout the IPL & that had an impact on him. 2. Yuvraj, couple of decent knocks in the whole season. 3. Kohli should have scored heavily. 4. A Morkel was a big disappointment. I'm a fan of him but I feel he will be released next season. RCB needs a game changing allrounder. In T20 cricket, RCB has to be packed with allrounders and so it will give the team balance. 5. The bowling of RCB has always been one paced, they lack variety. In T20 cricket, bowling attack should have variety with wicket taking options. KKR attack is a prime example: Quick Morne & Umesh, Vinay can bowl yorkers and slower ones, then there's mystery of Narine, followed by smart left armer of Shakib and also medium pace cutters of Doeschate. 6. Ashok Dinda always leaks runs in the death, he should be released. 7. I don't rate the captaincy of Kohli. Next season, AB should be the skipper.

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2014, 23:48 GMT

    Karnataka has good local players playing most of the teams in IPL barring RCB.Surprisingly Not even one from our Ranji winning squad.Its a team game which needs contributions from all. Over-dependence on batting time and again to win matches that too .Only AB,Yuvi and Kohli .Our bowling less said the better barring Chahal. At least Team management should realize its a team game and though we had one of the most destructive batsmen(four of them) will not win all the matches,we do need contributions from all to win matches.Chris Lynn catch was the biggest setback for our campaign which could never recover from.Again one decent over could have saved the day against Rajasthan Royals.Hope next year have some locals ..otherwise it tough to support our Bangalore team without anybody from Karanataka...We do have abundance of cricketing talent.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | May 27, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    RCB has big players but other than AB they all are superstars. Especailly Gayle who do not even run to convert singles into doubles. Gayle is the reason why RCB lose big matches he do not rotate the strike to create problems in opponent rankings.

    Also Kohli is so much emotional captain he needs to play as captain and take the responsibility to win matches.

    Yuvi played well, it was his first season with RCB and he played well but two superstars Gayle and Kholi did not win a single match for RCB.

Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2014 review May 24, 2014

Inconsistency drags RCB down again

Anuj Vignesh
Despite boasting of one of the most powerful batting line-ups in the tournament, Royal Challengers Bangalore failed to click as a unit and missed out on the playoffs for the third consecutive year
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Agarkar: Royal Challengers squad had no depth

Where they finished

Seventh, with five wins from 14 matches.

What went right

Royal Challengers' famed batting arsenal did not click as expected, but AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh all gave glimpses of their undoubted quality. Yuvraj, who at Rs 14 crore ($2.3 million) was the most expensive player in the auction, came into the tournament facing a barrage of criticism following his 21-ball 11 in the World T20 final. He continued to struggle against spin and pace alike early in the tournament here. But then, to his credit and Royal Challengers' delight, he picked up steam as the tournament went along. He scored successive fifties in the latter half of the tournament, against Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils, which were a throwback to his heydays.

What went wrong

Seventh, runners-up, third, runners-up, fifth, fifth, and seventh. Few other teams in the IPL do inconsistency like Royal Challengers, and their latest campaign was a page-by-page reconstruction of all the problems that pegged them back in previous years - an unthreatening bowling attack, losing games they were set to win, and the loss of key players at key moments. A seam attack comprising Ashok Dinda, Varun Aaron and Mitchell Starc does not inspire the most confidence, and their bowlers' lack of accuracy was perhaps best illustrated in the defeat to Mumbai Indians when they leaked 25 extras - the most this season.

On the batting front, their biggest weapon, Chris Gayle - who was not 100% fit all through - had a very forgettable campaign, accumulating 196 runs from nine innings. Virat Kohli, too, was far below par. The team began with two wins in the UAE, but a stunning last-over loss to Kolkata Knight Riders when it seemed that victory was close, triggered a poor run that included six defeats in seven games - something they ultimately never recovered from.

Whichever way one looks at it, a team with firepower like Gayle, Kohli, Yuvraj and de Villiers should not be finishing second from bottom on the table. Royal Challengers have now failed to reach the playoffs for the third season running.

Key stat

Royal Challengers' opening partnership was the least successful in this IPL. They tried the most combinations (6), scored the fewest runs (244), had the lowest average (17.42) at the poorest run-rate (6.39).

Best player

AB de Villiers was not as explosive as he has been in past seasons, but he still ended as the team's leading run-getter with 395 runs and three fifties from 13 innings. It speaks a lot about his abilities that de Villiers managed such numbers despite batting lower - several times too low, it seemed - down the order. His match-winning efforts included a 41-ball 89 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, and a crucial 28 against Super Kings in Ranchi, where he delivered in difficult spinning conditions to keep Royal Challengers' playoff hopes alive. De Villiers also struck quick half-centuries against Kings XI and Rajasthan Royals, but it summed up Royal Challengers' season that even those knocks came in losing causes.

Poor performer

That the failure of Gayle and patchiness of Kohli that weakened Royal Challengers goes without saying, but there was another factor that left them quite unbalanced: Albie Morkel's no show. Royal Challengers (and Kohli in particular) have seen first-hand just how much damage Albie Morkel can do down the order, but he was unable to replicate the form that made him such a valuable asset for Chennai Super Kings over the years. After just four wickets and 45 runs from seven matches, Albie was dropped. If he had clicked, the fourth overseas player's slot would not have been such a round of musical chairs and the team would have had better balance.

Surprise package

Yuzvendra Chahal's legspin was a silver lining for Royal Challengers. Chahal, who had been released by Mumbai Indians without being given a proper run in the side, ended the season with 12 dismissals and an economy-rate of 7.09 - the second best among uncapped Indians (minimum 10 overs).

Memorable moment

Unfortunately for Royal Challengers, the image from their season that is most likely to be etched in everyone's memory is an irate Mitchell Starc going head-to-head against Kieron Pollard in the most heated altercation of the tournament so far. The incident occurred in the 17th over of Mumbai's innings at the Wankhede Stadium, when, after a few words, Starc bowled a delivery in Pollard's direction even as the batsman pulled away. Pollard responded by swinging his bat hard - appearing to threaten to throw it at the bowler - and it slipped out of his hand and fell on the leg side. Both players continued to exchange words before being whisked away from each other. Starc lost 50% of his match fee as a result, while Pollard was penalised 70%, penalties that were quite light on them many agreed.

Unused players

Sandeep Warrier and Tanmay Mishra.

Anuj Vignesh is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo