Once again, Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has started off disappointingly in the 10th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). They are currently at the bottom of the points table with only one win from five games. They have now lost four. Their only win came against Delhi Daredevils (DD) in their second match and since then, they have even failed to dominate at home. Their biggest worry has been their openers. In five matches, they have used five different opening pairs. In the previous match of RCB, skipper Kohli dropped his star opener Chris Gayle, who is only three runs away from becoming the first man to touch 10,000-run mark in T20 cricket. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD, Gujarat Lions vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – Match 20
Looking at the issue of RCB’s opening spot, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly opined that RCB should stick with Gayle as their main opener and provide him a chance to comeback. “What they need to think is that they need to find a way to get Chris Gayle back into the team, Gayle has to play in the IPL. Yes they have had a little bit of a tough time, I know they are trying to get Shane Watson play as an all-rounder but Watson has done nothing and he looks like a patch of his old self and maybe there can be a case of swapping him with Gayle at the top of the order. De Villiers can come down at No. 5 or 6 and finish the innings. They need to shuffle a bit because they have gone exactly the way they did last season,” said Ganguly to India Today.
Ganguly further reminded RCB’s previous edition performance, in which they started poorly by losing 5 out of 7 matches in the beginning. But they bounced back and Ganguly feels they can do the same and said, “It is not going to be easy, they have to find their form and play very very well but even last year they did not start well but then dominated the last 7-8 matches to make it to the final so it is a similar situation for them.”
“The good thing for them is that Virat Kohli looks in good touch but they are missing KL Rahul and missing the form of Gayle and Watson. They have to get their combination right and start playing differently because they are in a position like the Pune team where they do not want it to slip away too far that it becomes difficult for them. It is still early days in the IPL and all the teams are close and no team is too far ahead so RCB has time to get back”, added Ganguly.
The track of M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore has been pretty different as compared to the previous edition. The highest score at RCB’s home venue so far has been 161 and Ganguly believes that Kohli-led side is not playing on a surface which will suit their squad.
“Virat Kohli has got to be careful because I do not think they are playing on a good surface at the Chinnaswamy stadium. They need to play on a good wicket because they are a power packed side with the likes of Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, Kedar Jadhav so I don’t think they can perform so poorly. It has not worked for them because they missed to many players at the start of the tournament and lost those games,” Ganguly opined.
Ganguly summarised that bringing back Gayle is first thing RCB need to do to be back on winning track. And everyone knows, when Gayle fires, RCB win matches. “They are trying to climb from behind and it is getting difficult for them, they need to quickly find a solution but they need to find a way to get Chris Gayle back into the side because if Gayle fires he will win the game for RCB but they need to get that surface right in Bangalore”, concluded the former India captain,” Ganguly expressed.
The next match for RCB is going to be against Suresh Raina-led Gujarat Lions on Tuesday at Rajkot.