Despite having one of the best batting line-ups amongst the other teams, RCB has struggled over the years and hasn’t won a single title due to their problems in the bowling department.
Virat Kohli and company have done everything they could over the years to find the perfect bowling combinations but they fall short each time. They always look very impactful with the bat but on the other hand with the ball in hand they look pretty unimpressive.
Even when RCB had veteran bowlers like Steyn, Starc, etc. they never won the title due to various reasons. However, this year they did look pretty solid and with the likes of Siraj, Jamieson, Chahal, etc. they look like a pretty splendid bowling unit. Jamieson’s inclusion had a big impact on this transition as he has provided stability to this bowling attack by picking up wickets in the powerplay as well as at the end, also the form of Siraj and Chahal has proved beneficial to this bowling attack.
Resolved death bowling concerns
Death bowling has been one of the main reasons for the defeats in the past few seasons for RCB. Over the year’s RCB has struggled to find death bowlers who can defend totals and bowl economically in the last four overs of the match. This season, Siraj has stepped up as RCB’s leading bowler and has been the mainstay of the attack. RCB has conceded at a much lower rate this year and has constantly picked up wickets.
When compared between 2020 and 2021, there was a big difference for the most runs conceded in the last four overs in a single match by RCB. It is hugely due to Siraj, who has the second-best economy rate in death overs in 2021, bowling at an economy rate of 8.12 in the seven matches played.
The leg-spin duo
With Zampa removing his name from the second leg of IPL 2021, RCB has roped in the in-form Sri-Lankan Wanindu Hasaranga. The Sri-Lankan leggie is in great form and is currently 2nd in ICC T20 rankings. With the second phase of IPL 2021 shifted to the UAE, the spinners will benefit the most. Chahal was the highest wicket-taker for RCB last year and the only spinner to feature in the top five of highest wicket-takers with 21 wickets.
Both Chahal and Hasaranga are in good form and are the team’s primary spinners, with Shahbaz and Maxwell providing extra spin options. Even if Washington and Zampa are missing in the second leg, RCB still has these two leg spinners who can make a huge impact and win matches for the team.
Red-hot pace attack
RCB lacks experience in their fast-bowling unit and has suffered over the years because of this reason. But this year, these youngsters have performed pretty well and have picked up wickets at regular intervals, which RCB has lacked over the years.
Harshal Patel has been the highest wicket-taker in this year’s IPL in the first phase with 17 wickets which involves a 5-wicket hall against the defending champions MI. Siraj is in blistering form and has been the prime opening and death bowler for the team. The inclusion of Jamieson has proved wonders for the team as he picked up nine wickets in seven matches, most of which have been in the powerplay at a remarkable strike rate of 16. RCB has depth and plenty of pace bowling options this year with the likes of Saini, the new inclusion of Chameera, who bowls with sheer pace, and also Dan Christian, the Australian all-rounder. RCB’s pace attack is young, and it looks balanced and covers all facets of the game, be it powerplay or death bowling.
Miyan Magic: Rise of Siraj in IPL
Mohammad Siraj has looked like a different bowler after his incredible performance in Australia. He then transferred his form from red ball to white-ball cricket. He bowled brilliantly in the first phase of IPL and did lead this young and fierce bowling attack of RCB. The Indian pacer looked in tremendous form, picking up six wickets in seven matches at an economy rate of 7.34. Siraj has also improved as a death bowler compared to last year, with an economy rate of 8.12 in 2021 as that to 10.06 in 2020. He has evolved over the years and has become a better bowler day by day with experience.
Siraj has dazzled the audience and has silenced his critics over the years. He has improved in all the aspects of bowling like wickets, strike rate, and economy from his debut till the first leg of IPL 2021. His economy rate has reduced over the years, which was one of his main problems as he used to concede plenty of runs. He also has a knack for picking up wickets and has improved his strike rate over the years. Overall, Siraj has become a complete bowler, and we can expect him to deliver for RCB this year and be the Ace card for this team.
After seven games are complete in the first leg, the Royal Challengers Bangalore are in third place after winning five games. The bowling unit was the key to RCB’s victories, which was an area where they were lacking. They successfully defended three out of four first-innings totals. It is an indication of an improved and lethal bowling unit. We expect them to deliver in the second phase of the tournament too.