Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore is yet to win their maiden IPL title, having finished as the runner-ups on three occasions, over all these years. However, as this time IPL is being scheduled in UAE because of Coronavirus, popular Indian commentator and former cricketer Aakash Chopra feels that RCB might do well in UAE situation.
Recently, while answering questions from his fans on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra gave his opinion on the teams, who might benefit if the IPL takes place in the UAE.
When he was asked if the batsmen would face any problem in the UAE situation, he said:
“There will be no problem although they might have to fight a little bit with the heat. For now, the weather is good. Let’s be fair, UAE experiences a lot of heat. But September and October are still the pleasant months.”
“The problem I am seeing is that if the IPL starts on 26 September and ends on 7 November, it is about 6 weeks including the final week of playoffs, there might be lot of double-headers with the league phase to be completed in 5 weeks.”
“In double-headers, however pleasant it might be, it is after all the heat of the middle east. So, batsmen might get dehydrated.”
Talking about RCB, Aakash Chopra feels that the Virat Kohli led side can benefit if IPL happens in UAE as their supposedly weaker bowling attack might getaway because of the size of the ground. He said:
“Batting conditions would not have much of an impact. In fact, certain teams may start feeling better. RCB for example, because when the grounds are big your bowling is not exposed that much even if it is weak. RCB I think might actually do well.”
Popular commentator Aakash Chopra also picked Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) as the other teams who might do well in UAE conditions. He said:
“You have got teams who have a lot of good spinners, so Chennai Super Kings will once again be the super kings. Even Kings XI Punjab, the place suits them a lot as well since Maxwell plays very well there.”
Aakash Chopra concluded by stating that the batsmen would not face much difficulty in UAE other than the steamy conditions during the afternoon matches. He said:
“Overall if we see, batsmen will not face much problems although they have to be careful about the heat because there will be lot of double-headers.”