AB de Villiers has stated that the Royal Challengers Bangalore need to turn their home ground M Chinnaswamy Stadium into a fortress, in order to enjoy consistent success. He cited examples of other victorious teams like Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians and suggested to learn from them.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore had finished eighth and sixth in their previous two editions of the Indian Premier League, and this edition hasn't been going in any other direction as they have lost all six of their games until sitting bottom of the table. Needing to win all of their eight remaining matches in order to secure a playoff berth, RCB
However, their star batsman AB de Villiers has been of the opinion that the team would be needing to win more at their home ground in Bengaluru make it a fortress, by going in with a team more suited to play as per the conditions there.
"At RCB, we need to ensure Chinnaswamy Stadium becomes a fortress. It is one of the smaller arenas, with one of the highest average batting scores in the IPL, but we have not enjoyed the consistent success that will surely follow from the combination of predictable playing conditions, with a strategy to suit," De Villiers wrote, reported TOI.
"It is a fact the two most successful teams in IPL history are the two teams which have most effectively turned their home ground into a fortress," De Villiers reckoned.
The Wankhede stadium has a flat pitch and smaller boundaries, similar to M Chinnaswamy, which makes it a haven for batters. The Mumbai Indians have the perfect combination required to survive in these conditions. They have powerful hitters like Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard and the Pandya brothers, backed up by ideal death bowling options like Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah. This has enabled them to enjoy sustained success over a long period of time, a fact the RCB's second highest run scorer pointed out.
"Mumbai Indians have consistently produced a wicket with pace and bounce at the Wankhede stadium, ideally suited to successive batteries of
CSK have set high standards for every IPL team, given their consistent track record in the T20 format. The pitch at Chennai’s Chepauk has traditionally been a slow and dry track which assists spinners, and the team’s management has three ace spinners Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir in their ranks, coupled with able part-timers. CSK have tied all the visiting teams to the ground, and restricted RCB and Kolkata Knight Riders for a total of 70 and 108 respectively, courtesy of their spinners who have scalped 21 wickets until now.
"Chennai Super Kings also have a powerful home record, where the notoriously slow Chepauk wicket favours spin bowlers. This year, a trio of worldclass spinners in canary yellow -- Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir -- have found grip and turn, combining to strangle the visiting batsmen, restricting opponents to modest totals. As a result, so far in 2019, CSK
In spite of the losses, RCB
"When playing in front of your own supporters, you ideally need to be able to play
Lastly, the right-handed batsman quoted Roman Orator Marcus Tullius Cicero, explaining how his words make sense even today.
"His words uttered two thousand years ago still ring true from Chennai to Mumbai and beyond. "Quid
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