” This is our best team since the 2015-16 season” – Virat Kohli. The RCB Captain is optimistic of his teams chances as he prepares for the IPL in UAE.
The IPL Jinx
In this modern day and age, There are few that actually believe in superstition, But if you are RCB, Apparently not, The Bangalore based franchise has supposedly come quite close to lifting the trophy thrice before throwing it all away in the final.
Their first array into the finals was way back in 2009, This was the year when the tournament was shifted to South Africa due to security concerns, Lead by Rahul Dravid, the team certainly found their rhythm on their way to their finals, Where they met Adam Gilchrist’s Deccan Chargers and despite having marquee purchases like Kevin Pietersen and a brilliant last ditch effort by Robin Uthappa, The team fell excruciatingly short in the finals.
Opportunity would once again present itself in the form of the 2011 finals against Chennai Super Kings where Murali Vijay played a once in a lifetime knock, Smashing a ton to help CSK defend their IPL title.
To complete the trio of losses Virat Kohli’s men came up against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2016 season finals, A season in which Virat Kohli had plundered 973 runs that also comprised of four centuries, They faced a fired up Rashid Khan and Ben cutting to make it a hat-trick of final losses against their bitter rivals. Now one would be forgiven to think that it’s a new year, a new team and a new season, RCB fans would certainly hope so, But the mental battle of breaking the jinx would certainly be where the team will win or lose this tournament.
One aspect in which the RCB team is certainly rich is experienced Indian contingent, Right from the skipper to Yuzvendra Chahal, who has played himself into the Indian XI, To Umesh Yadav who has showed us in the past that he can crank it up whenever the need be so. Parthiv Patel has also been one of their regular fixtures in the 2019 season.
One’s to watch out for
Every year the IPL produces a Kamran Khan or a Paul Valthaty, RCB has many players with the potential to have a breakthrough season, The one I would place my money on if I was a gambling man would be Devdutt Padikkal, The Southpaw has showed tremendous form for the Bellary Tuskers in the Karnataka Premier League and has a great domestic season under his belt. The 20-year old can also come in handy with a couple of overs of Orthodox finger spin.
Bowling was never a their strongest domain, Virat Kohli has had no shame in pointing that out, Their Batting lineup is a different animal alltogether, This RCB team is laced with matchwinners starting from the Aussie T20 Captain Aaron Finch to the new kid on the block, Josh Phillippe, who has made a difference for Sydney Sixers whenever he stepped onto the field. AB Deviliers will still remain the trump card however with the protea now assuming vice captaincy of the team.
Predicted XI: Virat Kohli, AB Deviliers, Aaron Finch, Josh Phillippe, Devdutt Padikkal, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini.