Royal Challengers Bangalore have been a formidable batting side. This season, they bolstered their pace bowling attack, resulting in their improved death bowling. However, in the last match, a rampant Adam Gilchrist led Kings XI Punjab to a successful chase of 175 runs.
Ahead of RCB’s last home game of the season, against Chennai Super Kings, their highest wicket-taker, Vinay Kumar, admitted that death bowling has been a let-down for the team in the last few matches.
“We did really well as a bowling unit in the first few games. We have defended nine and seven runs in the last over in this tournament. In the last few games that hasn’t been the case and we have been giving away runs in the death overs,” Vinay said, adding, it is not an issue that only RCB are confronting at this stage of the tournament.
“But that’s happening with every team – the bowlers did well in the first half of the tournament and now the batsmen are doing well. Sometimes, the dew factor also plays a part as the ball tends to slip a bit. In this format, even an inch’s difference can result in you being hit for a six.”
Their contest against CSK is a perform-or-perish scenario for RCB. A loss will virtually end their chances of making it to the Playoffs. Vinay said the best way to get the best out of themselves is for the team to not get overly desperate.
“The pressure is there from game-one. The IPL is such tournament that if you want to win the title, you have to take every game as a crucial game. If we keep thinking about this game as a must-win game, we will only make things tough for ourselves mentally,” he said.