The Royal Challengers Bangalore lost three out of four games they played in the IPL 2018. Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 92 in the previous game against Mumbai Indians was an eye feast to the spectators but the feat did not help the team out to win the cause. The team was trolled as one of the worst teams in the IPL this year except for Kohli and De Villiers trying to bounce back. Let us have a look at three changes the team can make to fight back and make their way to play-offs.
- Manan Vohra to Replace Sarfaraz Khan
Though the Royal Challengers Bangalore tried to open the game with two overseas players Brendon Mc Cullum and Quinton De Kock, the move did not work well. They can try Manan Vohra instead of Sarfaraz Khan as the latter scored only 11 runs off 3 games, though the team used retention option to get him into the team. Manan Vohra can be replaced by either Sarfaraz Khan or Brendon Mc Cullum to open the game along with De Kock. Mc Cullum was released by the Mumbai Indians franchise as he scored only 47 off 3 games in the previous edition. Vohra played for KXIP as an opener and his average was above 25 with the strike rate of 140.
If Vohra opens the game along with De Kock, the team can opt for Kohli and De Villiers at No.3 and No.4.
- Extra overseas pacer
Tim Southee can be called as an overseas pacer to strengthen the pace-bowling department. Mohammed Siraj and Kulwant Khejroliya are Indian pacers accompanied by Umesh Yadav. Though Chris Woakes was called as an overseas pacer, he did not make his mark till now. Khejroliya conceded 107 runs off 10 overs and picked only two wickets and Mohammed Siraj did not pick a wicket by conceding 34 runs off 4 overs. Tim Southee picked 22 wickets off 29 IPL games. So, he can be called into the team to replace any of the duos. Southee has an impressive economy rate of 8 runs per over as well.
- Corey Anderson replaced by Colin De Grandhomme
Corey Anderson did not make an impressive performance till now. He can be considered as the experienced batsman when compared to Grandhomme. But his economy rate was above 10 runs whereas Grandhomme conceded around 8 runs per over for KKR in the previous IPL edition. Anderson conceded 47 runs off 4 overs in the previous game against Mumbai Indians. Being a good hitter, Grandhomme can be used as a match-finisher as the other all-rounder Washington Sundar lacks experience. His T20I strike rate is around 150 and his strike rate in the previous IPL was 140.