New Delhi: Former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) all-rounder Collin de Grandhomme made a huge claim while explaining the reason behind the Faf du Plessis-led side’s title drought in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Citing the example of five-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI), the Kiwi star said RCB never had a team as strong as MI which is the major reason behind them failing to win even a single title.
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians have both been part of the IPL since the inception of the tournament in 2008 and are two of the most popular teams in the league. However, they have enjoyed contrasting fates when it comes to winning trophies. While MI are the joint-most successful team in IPL history with five titles to their name, RCB are yet to win their first title.
De Grandhomme, who has played for RCB and Kolkata Knight Riders in his IPL career, gave an interesting response when asked about Bangalore’s title drought. The New Zealand star said RCB have never had a good-balanced team and that overdependency on two or three players has ended up costing the team.
“RCB have never had a team as strong as Mumbai Indians where the all-round composition of the team has been excellent. RCB have a very good side, but over-dependence on two, or three players has never worked their way, which is why they have never stood out as a well-balanced side,” said De Grandhomme in an exclusive interview with Times of India.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have been a batting-heavy team over the years and have housed some of the biggest batting superstars, including the likes of Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell among others in their batting line-up. They have often been a top-heavy side and built the side around Kohli. However, that has backfired miserably for the team.
RCB’s bowling attack too hasn’t been well-rounded and a weak middle order has cost them trophies in the last few years. In contrast, Mumbai Indians have focused on building a well-balanced team with exciting talents in the batting line-up as well as a star-studded bowling attack.
Will RCB’s fortunes change in IPL 2024?
RCB were expected to bolster their bowling attack in the IPL 2024 player auction last year after letting go of the likes of Josh Hazlewood, Wanindu Hasaranga and Harshal Patel among others. While they did manage to sign the likes of Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Tom Curran and Lockie Ferguson their pace attack doesn’t inspire much confidence as far as their title chances are concerned.
RCB also failed to rope in a solid Indian middle-order batter in the auction which leaves them exposed as far as their Indian options are considered in the middle-order. Rajat Patidar will be back for the franchise after missing last season and a lot will ride on his shoulders in the middle order as the likes of Dinesh Karthik, Suyash Prabhudessai and Anuj Rawat have all been far from consistent.