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The UAE leg of IPL 2021 is scheduled to begin from September 19. All the cricket fans are eagerly waiting for this. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) showed a commendable game in the first leg of the season played in India. The team played 7 matches, winning 5 matches and losing 2 matches. On the points table, Virat’s bold army is at number-3 with 10 points.
Before the start of Phase-2, a lot of changes have been seen in the team. Dushmanta Chamira, Wanindu Hasaranga, Tim David and George Garten have been included in the franchise. Apart from this, after the resignation of head coach Simon Katich, the team’s ‘Director of Cricket Operations’ Mike Hesson has been made the head coach of the team. After these changes, the team looks even stronger.
Talk about the last IPL season played in UAE, RCB had traveled to the play-offs showing a good game, but the team could not reach the final. But this time around, Kohli’s team would like to carry forward the start they got in India with the same momentum so that they can move towards their maiden IPL trophy. Let us do the SWOT analysis of RCB team for the remaining season on this point. That is, analysis of the team’s Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threat.
Strength – 1 Strong batting line-up
The team of RCB is one of the most powerful teams in the league. In the batting line-up, the team has more than one player. During Phase-1, Captain Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal were seen opening. The same pair will be seen opening the innings during Phase-2 as well. After this, AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell will be seen giving strength to the middle order. Maxwell was added by RCB this year for 14.25 crores and he also proved his selection right during Phase-1.
Virat is the most successful batsman in the history of the league. He has scored 6076 runs in 199 matches. At the same time, de Villiers’ bat also fires a lot and has 5056 runs in his name in 176 matches. Last season, Devdutt Padikkal was RCB’s top scorer with 473 runs and in the current season he has 195 runs with a century with the bat.
Apart from these, the team also has Mohammad Azharuddin and Daniel Christian, famous for their explosive batting. Azharuddin grabbed everyone’s attention by batting at a strike rate of 194 in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy this year. Azhar and Christian can play the role of a fine finisher for the team.
Strength-2 Spin Department
In the UAE leg, RCB have to play their remaining 7 matches in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. During this, the team will be seen playing 3 matches in Dubai while 2-2 matches in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. The team has many good spinners to take advantage of the conditions in the grounds of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. These include the names of Yuzvendra Chahal, Wanindu Hasranga and Shahbaz Ahmed. Also, Glenn Maxwell is also capable of spinning part time.
Shahbaz Ahmed proved to be a surprise package for Virat and Co in Phase-1 and was successful in taking 6 wickets in 7 matches. Hasranga also impressed everyone with his bowling against India and the experienced Chahal manages to leave his mark every time.
Weakness: Death over bowling
Over the years, RCB has been short of a death over specialist. In the final overs, the bowlers of the team are always seen shedding runs like water. Harshal Patel had solved this problem of the team to a great extent in this season, but he did not get better support from the other end. In the auction, the franchise bought New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Jameson for Rs 15 crore, but he was also beneficial for the team in the initial overs.
Mohammad Siraj took 6 wickets in seven matches of IPL-14, but his economy was 7.35. Siraj takes wickets of course, but every time he is seen looting runs. He has an economy rate of 8.77 in 42 matches of IPL. The team may also miss a good death over specialist in UAE (17th till 20th over).