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5 unsung heroes of RCB: VIVO IPL 2018

Mon, 28th, May 2018 |
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RCB possesses some big names in their lineup and sometimes it's difficult to look beyond them. Everyone ends up talking about the big players and tend to miss out on some other handy players who just work as hard as any others on the team.

RCB had a few players whose performances were overshadowed by other flamboyant performances by the star players.

We take a look at such 5 players who made some crucial contribution for the team in this season's VIVO IPL.


 

1) Mandeep Singh

M

N.O

Runs

Hs

Avg

S/R

4s

6s

Ct

14

3

252

47*

25.2

135.48

16

11

4

 

A lot was talked about RCB's middle order at the start of the tournament, as to who would take the responsibility towards the end of the innings. Among all the big names, RCB found a surprising hero in Mandeep Singh. There was never a doubt about Mandeep's potential but he certainly made a few heads turn with his finishing skills. He provided with the much-needed impetus in the death overs on multiple occasions and though he seemed a little out of touch towards the fag end of the tournament, his contributions for the major part of the tournament cannot be written off. He was electric on the field and saved valuable runs for the team. He will definitely be one of those players from the RCB camp to watch out for in the coming seasons.

 

2) Yuzvendra Chahal

M

Balls

Runs

Wkts

BBM

Avg

Econ

S/R

Ct

14

300

363

12

2/22

30.25

7.26

25

2

 

Yuzvendra Chahal has made a reputation of his own in the past year with his meteoric rise in the international circuit. He's done exceedingly well in RCB colors as well and has been Virat's go-to bowler in critical situations. This year, Chahal went quietly about his job. He was not really there in the wickets column but kept things tight from one end. He bowled whenever his team required him, be it in the powerplay with the new ball or in the later parts of the innings. He still managed to maintain an economy of 7.26 which is too good by T20 standards. He picked up 12 wickets and more importantly took them when it was really required. He's the kind of bowler who can mount pressure on the opposition allowing his fellow bowlers to flourish.

 

3) Parthiv Patel

M

N.O

Runs

Hs

Avg

S/R

4s

6s

Ct

6

1

153

53

30.6

140.36

20

4

3

 

Parthiv came in the scheme of things only after half the tournament had gone by. But he made sure he grabbed the opportunity with both hands. In only his first appearance this season, he smashed a half-century against CSK where other batsmen struggled to get going. He scored his runs at a decent average of 30 and notably at a strike rate of over 140. He gave RCB quick starts but because he failed to convert them to big scores, his performance wasn't much talked about.

 

4) Mohammed Siraj

M

Balls

Runs

Wkts

BBM

Avg

Econ

S/R

Ct

11

246

367

11

3/25

33.26

8.95

22.36

5

 

Siraj did not have a great start to this IPL but soon got into the groove. He has made a mark as a death bowler in the domestic circuit and it was about time he established it on the big stage as well. He wasn't quite there yet but certainly improved by leaps and bounds as the tournament progressed. Virat entrusted him to bowl the 19th/20th over along with Southee, and Siraj responded well. His brilliant spell against SRH where he took 3/25 and the match where he bowled those crucial death overs against MI at Chinnaswamy where it helped them win the game just goes on to show the immense potential Siraj possesses. He's a quick learner and has got all the arsenal required to become a successful T20 bowler.

 

5) Colin de Grandhomme

M

N.O

Runs

Hs

Avg

S/R

4s

6s

Ct

9

3

131

40

26.2

155.95

4

10

3

 

M

Balls

Runs

Wkts

BBM

Avg

Econ

S/R

9

90

129

2

1/8

64.5

8.6

45

 

It took the RCB management some time before they could get Colin de Grandhomme in the mix. But it appeared that he was the missing link to the desired balance the team was looking for. His inclusion in the side reaped great benefits as he fit the finisher's bill to perfection and also provided a couple of overs up his sleeves as the 6th bowler. Generally coming in to bat in the death, he didn't get a lot of balls to face but he made the most of whatever he got. He scored his runs at an impressive strike rate of almost 156 and gave RCB the cushion of those extra 10-15 runs to play with. His innings against the MI where he smacked McClenaghan for 24 odd runs in the last over proved to be the difference between the two sides.  

 

Note: The runs column for the bowlers are the runs they conceded and not the runs they scored.

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