In the year that is 2020, IPL has seen a different RCB side, a more settled group with different jobs given to the players, every one of that has prompted the group winning five out of their initial seven games. RCB is standing third in the points table at this point. Also, five of those wins included victories against previous IPL champions Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Kolkata Knight Riders. Each one of these teams has dominated RCB in past seasons. So what changes RCB has made this season which clicked them?
AB de Villiers giving balance in the middle-order
It was before the beginning of the IPL 2020 season when RCB’s Twitter handle had hinted at the possibility of AB de Villiers taking up the part of a wicketkeeper for the season with the image of the veteran cricketer wearing the wicket-keeping gloves during a training session. He hadn’t worn the gloves for RCB since 2013. RCB has also picked young Josh Philippe as their wicketkeeper. Philippe is basically an opener, who amassed 508 runs for Sydney Sixers as their opener in 16 innings at a strike-rate of 139.2. In any case, he was made to bat at No.3 in the initial game and No.6 in the following before De Villiers took over the responsibility. This permitted RCB to utilize that extra abroad opening to get Adam Zampa for a couple of games before Chris Morris.
Bowling Washington Sundar in the powerplay
Sundar as a powerplay bowler in 2017 when he was part of Rising Pune Supergiants, the year he made his debut in the competition. He had picked four wickets in 18 overs that season during that stage at an economy rate of 6.56. However, on moving base to RCB, he bowled just seven overs during the powerplays across two seasons, giving away 86 runs at 12.28 an economy rate.
Be that as it may, in the game against Mumbai Indians at Dubai, where 406 runs were scored between two groups, Sundar, unexpectedly was utilized exclusively as a powerplay bowler. He got back with figures of 1 for 12 of his four overs with 13 dot balls. Generally, he has bowled 11 overs in the powerplay this season, picking three wickets at an economy rate of simply 4.55.
Yuzvendra Chahal the middle-over master
In the last three seasons, Chahal has bowled 27.3, 32, 29 overs between 7 and 15 in IPL matches for RCB. Yet, this season, there has been a little more utilization of Chahal in the stage. Chahal bowled 20 overs in the first seven matches. He picked up five wickets at an economy rate of 5.95 – the best he has overseen in any of his past IPL seasons and just behind Axar Patel (5.50) and Rashid Khan (5.11).
Chris Morris solving the death bowling problem
RCB’s death over misfortunes had proceeded through IPL 2020 with the group gave away more than 13 runs in the initial four games. The nonattendance of Morris had harmed RCB through the early games. Isuru Udana was there exclusively for settling the end over difficulties by dropping Dale Steyn. He surrendered at 9.12 runs an over in eight overs he bowled in that stage. Morris finally returned for the last two games, bowled three overs during that stage, and gave just 16 runs while picking four wickets.