The Chennai Super Kings kicked off the 2020 Indian Premier League season by avenging their defeat to the Mumbai Indians from the 2019 final. MS Dhoni’s men were beaten by the tightest of margins last season, suffering a one-run defeat to lose out on the crown.
However, the Super Kings laid down their credentials for a run to the title of the new campaign by holding their composure to beat the reigning champions. England all-rounder Sam Curran smashed 18 runs from only six deliveries to guide his side over the line
It would not be a surprise to see the Super Kings and the Indians meet again in 2020 final given the strength and experience of their respective squads. They have combined to win the past three crowns, between them. However, there will be fierce competition as the other sides in the competition have bolstered their rosters.
One team that could rise more than any other is Royal Challengers Bangalore. They suggest that the star power of captain Virat Kohli along with a decent balance of expenditure and the right blend of youth and senior players will guide them to glory. RCB has never won the IPL, but with Kohli in the ranks, anything is possible. We’ll now discuss whether they have the ability to rise to win the 2020 Indian Premier League for reasons outside of the India skipper.
RCB has had three winners of the Orange Cap – the award for the player that scores the most runs in the tournament. Chris Gayle won the prize twice in back-to-back seasons in 2011 and 2012 before Kohli claimed the award in 2016. Kohli’s best season in the IPL coincided with Bangalore’s best run, reaching the final of the competition, only A strong season from Kohli could lead the charge once again, although he was slight below-par the last term. He scored 452 runs at an average of 33.14 – well below the standards expected of the world’s leading batter.
Kohli will have support from the experience of AB de Villiers and Aaron Finch. Both players are outstanding batsmen in their own right and will provide a mouth-watering top three for RCB to make a charge. However, outside of the talented trio, there’s not a great deal of depth and that could be their downfall. Putting too much pressure on the top order has resulted in poor performances in the past – notably their bottom of the standings outing last season – and it may result in another underwhelming tournament.
Perhaps the most telling factor in Bangalore’s failure to win the IPL over the last 12 years has been their failure to produce a bowler that has won the Purple Cap – the award for the most wickets. Yuzvendra Chahal has come close on a couple of occasions – notably in their run to the final in 2016. Chahal remains a quality bowler and will be RCB’s line-ups with his leg-spin.
Adam Zampa in the #ENGvAUS ODI series:
☝️ 10 wickets
🅰️ 14.20 average
❇️ 4.73 economy
Highest wicket-taker in the series 👏 pic.twitter.com/rDEqLOau9R
— ICC (@ICC) September 17, 2020
The signing of Adam Zampa could be a game-changer for the franchise, providing Chahal with another quality bowler to work in tandem. It should provide both bowlers with opportunities to take wickets in the middle overs. If Kohli and company can put runs on the board then the pressure to attack the spinners will play perfectly into the hands of Chahal and Zampa, especially with the latter being in prime form after a successful tour of England with Australia.
RCB has the star power and the right blend of experience and youth in their squad to make a surge towards the final. However, whether it all meshes together on the field is another matter. Kohli is an excellent leader and has a point to prove. Watch out for RCB this term.