Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore is regarded as the unluckiest team in IPL history. Even after 12 years and despite having one of the strongest players in their squad, RCB hasn’t been able to get their hands on the IPL trophy.
Sunil Gavaskar believes that the dynamic duo of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers should open the innings for RCB in IPL 2020 in order to take maximum advantage of better conditions.
Well, recently in his latest column for Sportstar, Sunil Gavaskar wrote that the side’s best batsmen should go into bat as early as possible as it will be difficult to score off-spinners later. He wrote:
“On pitches that will get slower, it may be a good idea to have both the champion batsmen open the batting while the ball is hard and new and will come on to the bat nicely than when the spinners are operating. Leggie Yuzvendra Chahal could be a match-winner for RCB on those pitches,”
Sunil Gavaskar further wrote that how he finds it surprising that RCB hasn’t won the IPL yet despite having some of the biggest names in their side. He wrote:
“Why a team like Royal Challengers Bangalore hasn’t won the title as yet is a puzzle. Any team that has Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers should never be short of runs and maybe that’s also a problem, for when these two failed, as humans sometimes do, then the others haven’t put their hands up. They have a new coach and will be hoping that this will be their year,”
Gavaskar further wrote that he feels that Delhi Capitals have the best chance – among the three teams that never won the IPL trophy – to break that jinx this year. The third team he named was the Kings XI Punjab. He wrote:
“Out of those three, the Delhi Capitals team looks to have the best chance as it has some of the most explosive batsmen in the world. Its bowling attack can also prosper on the slow surfaces of the Emirates which will get slower as the tournament progresses… They will learn from him (Ricky Ponting) how every match matters and how not to be satisfied with anything less than a 100 percent effort in every game,”
Meanwhile, RCB has finished as runners-up in 2009, 2011, and 2016, while on the other hand, Delhi Capitals has never made it to the finals.