In recent years, RCB has been boasting with the superstars in batting. With the likes of modern legends Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum, you can easily predict the extent of nightmare for bowler if the batting unit clicks together. How about a year ago when the Bradman of T20 cricket “Chris Gayle” and one of best allrounders in limited format Shane Watson were there. The potential of batting line up just keeps towering. But, lets talk about RCB as a unit. The bowling unit of RCB fails terribly when it comes to the crunch situation.
The pace bowling of RCB has never been too good. Either be it the powerplay overs, or be it the death overs, the pacers, in most situations, have invariably failed to bring return to the team when it matters the most. It can be said that the ordinary bowling can be hardly compensated by the prowess of batting which shows how ordinary their bowling has been. However, a rare find for this team has been legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal who has been the most consistent performer in the bowling pack.
But, why batting performance can’t compensate bowling performance?
Let’s turn the recent pages of IPL history to see what it takes to win matches. When we go back to IPL 2012, KKR had won the IPL trophy handsomely. What was the secret? The prime reason :- Sunil Narine. He was the best performer of that season and it was because of his deceptive bowling skills. You could easily look at his just 4 overs and he would give you few handy wickets giving the runs miserly. For the fan of statistics, Narine took 24 wickets at the economy of impressive 5.47 from 15 matches. Add the combination of some good bowlers to Sunil Narine and you get IPL trophy of 2012 and 2014. But, it doesn’t only mean winning in T20 cricket is about good bowling. Some handy batting performances are also prerogative.
Mumbai Indians has won the IPL trophy 3 times during 2013, 2015, and 2017. Again, If we look at their mantra, it has been about their bowling. Arguably, the best bowler of T20 cricket Lasith Malinga had been firing for them day in day out in his playing days. With the assistance of good bowlers like Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan, Mumbai Indians presented a formidable bowling attack. But, it would be a big blunder to forget Jasprit Bumrah given his crucial role in recent tournaments. He has now become the fitting successor of Lasith Malinga.
The sun had shone ever so brightly for Sunrisers Hyderbad during IPL 2016. They triumphed on the back of their brilliant bowling unit consisting of master of cutter Mustafizur Rahman, brilliant Bhuveshwar Kumar along with Trent Boult. It wouldn’t be too untrue to give the all the credit to the bowling department and a lone warrior David Warner.
Looking the recent history of T20 cricket, it has always been the bowling performance that wins you the match. In comparison, good bowling unit is more likely to give you the victory rather than star studded batting lineup. In other words, it can also be said that the better bowling unit has a better chance of winning a T20 match. It is the same department where RCB has been underperforming for so many years. Despite Kohli’s remark of RCB having a better bowling attack this time around, results are no different. Can they turn it around in the next match against MI with a victory?
By Sudarshan Regmi