The Bengaluru-based team, which begins its campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad on September 21 in Dubai, has beefed up its attack to counter its poor show in the previous seasons.
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Yuzvendra Chahal, who has been the team’s mainstay spinner over the past six seasons, believes the two-time finalists have all the bases covered this season.
“We have sorted out our bowling in the death overs. We have Dale (Steyn) sir, (Navdeep) Saini, (Chris) Morris and Umesh (Yadav) bhaiya. We are not worried about bowling the last few overs because everyone is ready and on wickets here (in UAE) spinners too can chip in with a couple of overs,” said the 30-year-old leggie.
Speaking on the spin strength of the team, Chahal said the mix of Indian and international spinners makes RCB a potent unit.
“We have Washi (Washington Sundar), Moeen (Ali) and Shahbaz (Ahmed) in the line-up. That’s a good spin bowling attack to tackle the surfaces at the three venues — Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.” said Chahal.
RCB added to the choice of spinners by roping in Australian Adam Zampa in place of Kane Richardson, who pulled out of the T20 league due to personal reasons. “Zampa is a wonderful leg-spinner who comes with a lot of experience. He has also played in India, and the wickets here are similar to those back home. His arrival has strengthened our attack because he comes fresh from international duty in the T20 format,” said Chahal.
CROWD MAKES A DIFFERENCE
For the first time, the T20 bash, which sees packed stands in most venues,will be played behind closed doors. Chahal admitted to feeding off the energy from the spectators but was quick to add that playing to an empty gallery was not new for players plying their wares on the domestic circuit.
“Not having fans in the stadium will be a disadvantage because their support makes a lot of difference. Given the circumstances, there is nothing we can do about it. Having said that, we are used to playing without spectators during first-class matches, so we just have to accept it,” pointed out Chahal.