The first half of this edition of the IPL was simply disastrous for Royal Challengers Bangalore from the bowling front. Virat Kohli’s side lost numerous games just because of some poor death bowling. After the losses, a dejected Kohli would be witnessed admitting that his side’s bowling wasn’t up to the mark. The fact that their best bowler Mitchell Starc was ruled out of the tournament way before it began was a massive blow.
Just on the eve of the tournament, spinner Samuel Badree too was ruled out due to a shoulder injury. But in the last few games, the Royal Challengers bowlers have stepped up to the task and have been simply brilliant. Allan Donald, bowling coach of the Royal Challengers admitted that and heaped praises on his bowlers for an improved performance.
“I think we always believed it was possible. When you go on a losing spree, a lot of things creep into your head. First thing is about what quality side we have got and why we can’t put up a good show. I think we have always identified bowling as our weak spot and found a way now to be defensive in our attack. We have got to find a way ourselves and I think we have done that.” Donald said, about his bowlers gaining momentum just at the right time.
The South African acknowledged that the side’s batting had taken a lot of pressure off the bowlers. “It also helps when your batting line-up scores 200 plus. We have searched a lot for that confidence and I think we have got it now. No doubt about it. You’re always looking at a bowling group and thinking that guy’s not here’. Shane Watson has been that guy for us. He’s not a 150 bowler, but he’s a clever, really smart operator. His leadership, professionalism, just his experience and the time he puts in on the training ground especially with our young bowlers and his input in the team meetings. Finally, we’ve brought that together and realized this is actually simpler than what we’d been doing,” said Donald.
“We really battled as a bowling unit right from the word go. We have panicked too early and we have not been up to the mark in crucial situations, especially in the last few overs. We have had no Mitchell Starc. We didn’t have a guy who bowls 150kmh. We had to find a way collectively to be defensive. It’s almost like finding a blueprint in being defensive. It’s little bit boring in a way but I think we have stuck to that. And it is working for us,” Donald added.