Is RCB out of the playoffs race? No, they still have a chance to make the playoffs, but they must be at their best level to do so. RCB is currently on 7th place in the IPL 2023 points table. RCB, RR, KKR, and PBKS are all in the same boat. They’ve all played 11 games and bagged 10 points. The competition is still wide open, and nothing can be predicted until the very last second. The history of the IPL implies that no team should be written off. It’s the Indian Premier League, after all, and we’ve seen some incredible comebacks and surprise playoff inclusions.
What Has Gone Wrong For RCB
Royal Challengers Bangalore got off to a solid start to their IPL 2023 campaign with a victory against Mumbai Indians. However, they have been pretty inconsistent throughout the season. I think inconsistency is one of the major issues with RCB this season. Aside from Faf, no player has been consistent with either bat or ball. This season, RCB has failed to defend 180+ runs three times and has been pounded for 200+ runs four times this season. Is bowling their main issue? If you compare RCB’s bowling to that of other teams, you will notice a significant difference. The RCB lacks a death overs specialist, a bowler on whom they can rely when things go tough. Simply put, RCB’s bowling lacks expertise,
Does Kohli Need To Change His Approach
This Strike Rate debate can go on forever. Every player has a different role in the team, and we have to understand that the players like Kohli can accelerate when set and can take on any bowling lineup in the world. Kohli’s strike rate in the IPL 2023 is 133.76, his highest since IPL 2019. Is there room for improvement? Yes, Kohli struggles against spin in the middle overs, and his strike rate against spin this season is 109.45. Whereas his strike rate against pace in the IPL 2023 is 157.05.
Josh Hazelwood Needs To Step Up For RCB
The Challengers built their team around Hazelwood, but unfortunately, he missed out on the first eight games for RCB. He is, however, back and has taken three wickets for RCB in three games. Siraj has been brilliant this season, taking 15 wickets in 11 matches, although he is still new and occasionally loses his line and length under pressure. He needs someone experienced on the other end, who can stop the flow of runs, and there is no better option than Hazelwood.
RCB’s Trump Card
Royal Challengers Bangalore has roped in Kedar Jadhav as the replacement for David Willey. Now this is a masterstroke from RCB to bring in Jadhav. He can bring much-needed stability in the middle order and can also come in handy as a bowler. Jadhav has played 95 matches in IPL, scoring 1208 runs at an average of 22.37 and a strike rate of 123.14.
RCB still have a fair shot at making playoffs, but they can’t misfire now. Three games are remaining, and there is no room for errors. What do you think? Will RCB qualify for the playoffs? Do let us know in the comments.