Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad are two of the favourite team to win IPL 2018 title. While SRH have tasted success in the 2016 edition, RCB have faltered in as many as three IPL finals. But this time, both the teams have shopped well in the IPL 2018 auction and look good to go all the way. But which team between RCB and SRH have a better chance of winning the title?
Cricwizz analyses the strengths and weaknesses of the two teams to decide who can emerge winner in IPL 2018.
RCB and SRH strengths:
A captain who loves to lead from the front:
Both SRH and RCB have captains who love to take the team to victory. Both Virat Kohli of RCB and David Warner of SRH opened the batting for their respective teams to take the side to a position of strength and win matches. Warner’s form with the bat is extremely crucial for SRH to do well. And so does Kohli’s runs with the bat for RCB.
SRH had retained their core bowlers from the past season. They have Bhuvneshwar Kumar – the best death overs bowler at the moment; Rashid Khan – the new emerging leg-spinner; and Sandeep Sharma, who has been a revelation in last IPL season.
RCB have bought all the KKR bowlers – Umesh Yadav and others – who shot them out for 49 in the last season. They have looked to boost their bowling resources to match up with their batting powerhouses. They have also retained YS Chahal. In terms of bowling strengths, both the teams are well-matched.
SRH bought inconsistent all-rounders:
SRH have spent a lot on buying all-rounders who did duty with other teams in previous seasons. These all-rounders were released from their old squads following inconsistent performance with the bat and ball. Hence, SRH have gambled big on these all-rounders – Carlos Brathwaite, Shakib Al Hasan, and Yusuf Pathan and even Mohammad Nabi. SRH would struggle to get a winning combination because of their all-rounder’s spot.
RCB too have overhauled their pace bowling resources but failed to invest in a quality all-rounder: RCB released inconsistent Shane Watson and bought Colin de Grandhomme, Chris Woakes for their all-rounder’s spot. But these all-rounders are yet to deliver big with both bat and ball. RCB needed a Ben Stokes like all-rounder to add balance to the team. But Stokes went to Rajasthan Royals.
Prediction: SRH are better-equipped than RCB in terms of core strengths. RCB have overhauled their pace bowling options and would take few matches to get the right combination. But SRH are sorted out in terms of batting and bowling. They have just to choose the best all-rounder and they are all set. RCB will have to struggle to get their combination and by the time, they do get it, it might be too late.