IPL 2020: RCB's Death Bowling Can't Be Trusted To Defend Totals - Virender Sehwag

IPL 2020: RCB’s Death Bowling Can’t Be Trusted To Defend Totals – Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag, Michael Vaughan
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Virender Sehwag, the former Indian swashbuckling batsman said that Royal Challengers Bangalore bowlers seem to be lacking and cannot be trusted to defend any total against the opponents. However, he added that both pacer Navdeep Saini and spinner Washington Sundar were the best bowlers for RCB on Monday against Mumbai Indians.

The clash between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore was an exciting one that Virat Kohli-led side eventually won in the Super Over after scores were tied in stipulated 20 overs.

There have been numerous analysis and review of the game since then, with several former cricketers commenting on the name of the batsman who should have come out to bat in the Super Over for Mumbai Indians.

Virender Sehwag, India
Virender Sehwag (Image Credit: Google)

Virender Sehwag Said RCB’s Death Bowling Attack Was Of Poor Standard And Yuvraj Singh Thought Ishan Kishan Should Bat In Super Over

Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh could not believe that wicket-keeper Ishan Kishan was not brought on by Mumbai after the terrific innings of 99 that the young batsman played out just minutes before the Super Over.

“I think Kieron Pollard and Ishan Kishan should have come to bat in the super over! They were set bodies, were warm (sic),” he said.

Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan

But without any doubt, one of the most interesting analyses of the game was given by former India batsman Virender Sehwag, on his daily video segment titled ‘Viru ki Baithak’.

Looking back at the thrilling match, Virender Sehwag was extremely critical of the RCB bowling, and particularly the bowling in the death overs.

“In life, you can choose whom you want to trust and not trust, but one thing that one should never trust in life is the death bowling of Royal Challengers Bangalore, because a match that they should have easily won, they took it to the Super Over,” Sehwag said in Hindi in his usual humorous manner.

RCB posted 201/3 after the 50s from Devdutt Padikkal, AB De Villiers and Aaron Finch. Mumbai Indians were struggling and was on 78/4 in the 12th over and needed almost 125 runs in eight overs- 48 deliveries which was a herculean task.

But the impossible was almost achieved after Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard stitched a 5th wicket partnership of 119 runs in only 7 overs. Ishan Kishan was out on the penultimate ball and MI needed 5 runs more to win. Kieron Pollard hit a four in the last ball to level scores.

Virender Sehwag Impressed By AB De Villiers And Credited Washington Sundar And Navdeep Saini For RCB’s Victory

The former India opener was full of praise for the young RCB batsman Devdutt Padikkal, saying that he seemed to be the batsman that the team needed at the top for the last couple of years.

He was also impressed by the way South African AB de Villiers batted for the RCB and said, “AB de Villiers seems have just one goal while he is batting, and that is to smack the ball out of the stadium.”

Virender Sehwag also credited the RCB opening bowlers and in particular spinner Washington Sundar for making life difficult for Rohit Sharma and his team.

Washington Sundar bowled an amazing spell in which he conceded just 12 runs in his four overs and also scalped the important wicket of skipper Rohit Sharma.

Navdeep Saini
Navdeep Saini (Image Credit: Google)

But he added that once wicket-keeper Ishan Kishan and West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard counter-attacked in the final overs, where they hit a record 90 runs in the last five overs, then the rest of the RCB bowling machinery seemed to have given up.

However, he said that pacer Navdeep Saini in the Super Over was quite brilliant as he conceded only 7 runs.

“Even though the batsman had scored above 200 runs, but the credit for the RCB victory should go to [Navdeep] Saini and [Washington] Sundar, otherwise RCB could have lost this game, Sehwag added.

Navdeep Saini went wicketless conceding 43 runs in 20 overs but bowled accurately in the Super Over picking up Kieron Pollard’s prized scalp.

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