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IPL 2022 – What can RCB do to get back to winning ways?

The Royal Challengers Bangalore team management performed an excellent job in the IPL 2022 auction, bringing in top players like Faf du Plessis, Josh Hazlewood, Dinesh Karthik, and Wanindu Hasaranga while keeping vital players like Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and Mohammed Siraj.

Faf du Plessis shined with the bat in their opening match of the 2022 season, scoring 88 off 57 balls, but he was unable to earn a win on his IPL captaincy debut. Due to an unimpressive performance by the bowling unit, the team endured heartache after failing to defend a big score of 205 runs at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.

In order to open their account in the IPL 2022, the Royal Challengers Bangalore team management will consider making certain modifications. In addition, the absence of players like Glenn Maxwell and Josh Hazlewood has harmed their chances. The Australian pair is anticipated to miss the following few games as well.

With all these issues off the pitch, is there anything the RCB camp can do, to get back to winning ways? Yes, and in this article, we are going to suggest three changes that the Bangalore-based franchise can make, to change the fortunes of the team.

 

Number 1. Get Virat Kohli to open the innings with Faf du Plessis

 

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In the powerplay, the RCB team got off to a slow start, with Faf du Plessis trying to get going and youngster Anuj Rawat playing out a few dot balls before being dismissed on 21 off 20 balls. The team management may offer Virat Kohli the flexibility to express himself as an opener in this regard.

Kohli has scored 2750 runs at an average of 43.65 in 76 innings as an opener in the IPL, while also hitting five tonnes and 18 half-centuries. He appears to have played at No.3 in 86 innings in the tournament, with a 37.49 average.

Kohli was undefeated on 41 off 29 balls in the first match, but the consistency and confidence he brings to the squad as an opener in the powerplay are unparalleled. Kohli, along with Faf du Plessis, can be a potent opening combo for RCB, according to his significant experience.

 

Number 2. Promote Wanindu Hasaranga up the order

 

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In the first match, the RCB team’s bowling strategy failed, as the Punjab Kings chased down their score in 19 overs. The crucial bowlers Wanindu Hasaranga and Harshal Patel were brought into the bowling attack late by skipper Faf du Plessis. In the powerplay overs, the opposition openers had already scored 60+ runs.

Hasaranga entered the fray in the eighth over and promptly dismissed Mayank Agarwal, who was on fire. But, because to Mayank and Dhawan’s efforts, the batters who came in after them were able to quickly chase down the total.

Hasaranga has been fantastic with the new ball in recent matches and can open the floodgates with his line and lengths. He is the leading wicket-taker in the World T20 2021 with 16 dismissals in eight matches.

 

Number 3. Replace Akash Deep with Siddharth Kaul

 

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In his first IPL encounter, Bengal pacer Akash Deep went for too many runs. He returned with a third-over figure of 1/38 and did not finish his entire quota of overs. Siddarth Kaul, an experienced right-arm pacer, could take his position.

Kaul has established himself in the IPL throughout the years. He took 21 wickets in 17 matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2018 season of the competition, assisting the side in securing a playoff berth and ultimately finishing as runners-up.

With ten wickets in five outings in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2021/22, Kaul was the leading wicket-taker for Punjab. With his present form and experience, he can be a valuable member of the squad in high-pressure circumstances.