So far, it has been a horrific season for Royal Challengers Bangalore in Indian Premier League 2019. They lost six games on a trot in the tournament thus finding themselves on the bottom of the table with a poor net-run-rate as well. Meanwhile, one of the pillars of RCB, AB de Villiers makes his voice on the hapless journey.
They lost the game against every franchise in the tournament so far with the game against Kings XI Punjab to be played. They were unfortunate in fetching victories in many ways. Either the umpiring blunder or the poor fielding and the weak bowling, RCB never got that boost to seal the momentum.
You need to win most of your home games – AB de Villiers
Speaking of the dismal run in the tournament, AB de Villiers highlighted the importance of winning the home matches in a tournament. He believes that winning home matches are very important to seal the cup.
”f you want to succeed in T20 tournament cricket, you need to win most of your home matches,” De Villiers wrote in his column to Times of India.
On Mumbai Indians:
He took Mumbai Indians as an example while highlighting his statement of winning matches at home. AB de Villiers quoted that they will prepare pitches as per the standards of a top-class bowling team, which will ensure them start on a decent not. It helped them win the cup more often than not.
“Mumbai Indians have consistently produced a wicket with pace and bounce at the Wankhede Stadium, ideally suited to successive batteries of top-class fast bowlers, and formidable home form has underpinned their three IPL titles. MI was unbeaten at home in 2013; they won five out of seven at home in 2015; and they won five out of seven at home in 2017,” ABD penned.
On Chennai Super Kings:
And again, he took Chennai Super Kings as the other example. He highlighted the slow pitches of the team and their quality spin bowling department that got three world-class spinners in the form of Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja.
“Chennai Super Kings also have a powerful home record, where the notoriously slow Chepauk wicket favours spin bowlers. This year, a trio of world-class spinners in canary yellow — Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir — have found grip and turn, combining to strangle the visiting batsmen, restricting opponents to modest totals,” he wrote.
All in all, he believes that the franchise should make their own venue as the fortress and win a maximum of matches in order to have a smooth run in the tournament.
Well, it would be interesting to see how they would approach the remaining part of the tournament. Currently, they got a much-needed break from the tournament and will head into the tournament by taking on Kings XI Punjab.