Royal Challengers Banglore needs Variation Y. Ahir 9th April 2010 Just a few days ago Royal Challengers Banglore was at no. 2 position, now they have been pushed back to no.4. If they loose next game it will be tough task to qualify for the semi finals. Currently they are ahead of Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders because of their net run rate. All 3 teams have won 5 from 10. Royal Challengers Banglore registered 4 wins in the first 5 games than 1 victory in the next 5. Some games have been closed which could have gone Royal Challengers Banglore way. They are using the same team which might be the problem. Eoin Morgan the left hand bastman played few games before the arrival of Kevin Pietersen and Cameron White. Morgan is the only left hand batsman used by Royal Challengers Banglore in IPL 3. In all the matches where Eoin Morgan has not played they have 11 Right hand batsmen which allow more control for the bowling team. The combination of right – left makes it easier for the batsman to rotate strike. For example Delhi Daredavils openers are David Warner and Virender Sehwag so is Matthew Hayden and Murali Vijay for Chennai Super Kings. The combination makes it difficult for the opposition to set fields and can make the difference of few runs in the innings. Anil Kumble has hardly changed the bowling attack so far. A Mithun, K Apanna and R Van der Merwe have played one game each. Mithun bowled well and even removed Virender Sehwag. He can replace Steyn which would allow 1 more foreign player. Van der Merwe can take that place of Steyn; he is also a useful batsman, last year he bowled well and bat at no.3. Manish Pandey is failing consistently; maybe the bowlers have worked him out. The team should give opportunity to all rounders like B Akhil and B Kumar. Some changes are necessary to catch the opposition by surprise.
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