IPL 2019: Kris Srikkanth reveals Virat Kohli-led RCB’s weakness for IPL 12
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IPL 2019: Kris Srikkanth Reveals Virat Kohli-led RCB’s Weakness for this Season

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Former Team India skipper Kris Srikkanth has expressed a major concern for Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). So far, the hosts have lost their both games of the IPL 2019 season.

In addition, the lack of decent bowling attack in the death overs has often hurt Bengaluru-based cause. And with this, the cropping of the fresh issue is not a good sign either.

IPL 2019: Over-reliance is a threat to the RCB: Kris Srikkanth

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RCB is relying on Kohli and AB de Villiers. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

However, Srikkanth reiterated the individual show has had helped distinct teams in the ongoing cricketing carnival but revealed there’s no secret other than a balanced unit to relish the successful IPL season.

“Impact players and individual brilliance have helped teams get over the line in this IPL. The ingredient to a successful campaign is a well-balanced outfit and less dependence on a particular player,” wrote in his column for ToI.

The 59-year-old Srikkanth, who himself served as an opening batsman, had been known for his perfect hand eye-coordination at the top-flight cricket. He maintained that RCB is lacking in genuine all-rounder which has marred their chances in the ongoing IPL 12 season.

“The lack of a genuine all-rounder is also hurting RCB’s chances,” Srikkanth said.

Srikkanth remarked that over-reliance on a couple of batsmen wouldn’t help RCB to go a long way. He added that it’s all about the team sport which plays a spectacular role in taking teams forward.

“RCB have been struggling over the years. And it’s no secret that barring Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, the others have not really turned in the performances that one expects at this level. Opponents also believe that once they see the back of this duo there is little chance left for RCB,” Srikkanth added.

On the other side, Srikkanth stressed that English pick Moeen Ali needs ample support from the management in a bid to deliver as per the expectation.

IPL 2019: Kris Srikkanth backs Ali in RCB camp –

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Ali aims for the resurgence. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

But as of now, Ali has looked bleak both with bat and ball in first two outings for the RCB.

“Moeen Ali needs time and the backing of the team management to deliver,” Srikkanth stated.

In conclusion, Srikkanth advocates that banking on the combination and showing some faith in the line up somewhat certainly push the team’s cause.

He added RCB has a pool of talented players warming the bench. Also, he added reposing faith in them could change their fortunes for the good.

“I am a firm believer in sticking to a combination. And if RCB can continue to instill confidence in their players, they should come good. They have the arsenal and it remains to be seen how they tackle SRH,” Srikkanth added.

Meanwhile, RCB is playing their third IPL game against hosts Sunrisers Hyderabad. Besides, they’ve won the toss and elected to bowl first.

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