IPL 2017: RCB Still Looking For Balance

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Daniel Vettori has admitted that RCB are still looking to recover the right balance. On Sunday, after the match defeat by 27 runs against Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) in the IPL.

Targeting 162 to win, RCB could not recover the target and manage only 134 runs by losing a full wicket. The team suffered fourth loss in the Indian Premier League edition 10 out of five matches.

The team RCB made a strategic change by carrying Shane Watson in replacement of Chris Gayle, as dropped from the previous league against Mumbai Indians.

Former New Zealand cricketer Vettori said during the post-match press conference at Bengaluru, he said “The thing is, in the IPL we’re constantly searching for the right balance. In the Mumbai game, we were down a bowler. Shane has been such a successful all-rounder in T20 cricket for long period of time.”

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“So we made the decision to back Shane because of his all-rounder contribution. It’s tough for everyone in T20 cricket. A lot of domestic players have had to step in and perform after missing a few games or not being in their best form.”

“We know Chris Gayle is a very good performer and we know if he can get on a roll than we can utilise Chris in a positive manner. At this stage we are just trying to find the right balance.”

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When asked by iplt20.com about RCB hard work at their home venue, the 38-year-old former New Zealand captain Vettori said that “That does not mean it is not a good T20 wicket. It has been exciting for the bowlers. All three games that have been here have been really entertaining and I think we have shown that we can compete on this wicket.”

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“There is no point getting caught up around the old Chinnaswamy wicket, this is different and we just need to adapt like we did in the Delhi game. But we have not been able to mirror that performance in the last two games.”

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Vettori said about their batting problem, “We saw what the likes of KL (Rahul), Sachin Baby, all those roles players from last year performed. The expectation is on AB and Virat to excel, but we need the likes of Mandeep (Singh), Kedhar (Jadhav), Shane (Watson) and Stuart Binny to complement their performances.’

“W haven’t made it easy on Mandeep by chopping and changing the line-up. We are trying to find the right combination. Once we find the right combination we can get on a roll.”

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