Former India captain Rahul Dravid has weighed in on the stark contrast in performances between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers mentioning how RCB have always struggled to maintain balance in their squad. Also Read - Virat Kohli Reaches Another Milestone, Becomes 1st Cricketer to Score 6000 IPL Runs
CSK have won the IPL thrice, while RCB’s reached the final of the 2016 IPL. Dravid, who captained the franchise in the inaugural season and played for them for three seasons, pointed out how RCB have always struggled to put together a decent squad. Also Read - IPL 2021, PBKS vs MI Head to Head, Prediction Match 17 at Chepauk Stadium: Weather Forecast, Pitch Report, Predicted Playing XIs, Toss, Squads For Punjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians
“Bangalore have never balanced their team very well,” Dravid was quoted as saying in a book published by Tim Wigmore and Freddie Wilde. “I think they’ve been very poor with selections and auctions. They had their best year when they had a bowler like Mitchell Starc who was able to close out games for them. But they kept going out and picking gun batsmen.” Also Read - IPL 2021: 'Fit Again' Delhi Capitals Pacer Ishant Sharma Likely to Play Next Game Against Sunrisers Hyderabad
Dravid’s comments come two days after former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum explained how RCB was mostly about white noise and hardly any implementation of plans. As for CSK, Dravid feels they probably already have the advantage entering a tournament because their owners, India Cements, had the experience of running cricket teams.
“CSK was just the most high-profile team that they ran. So in a sense they’ve always had people on the ground and their scouting system was probably better right at the start than any other team,” he further added. “There are a lot of foreign players available for four slots. But there are a limited number of quality Indian players available, and the fact that CSK have been able to get some of the best guys has meant that they have always had that core.”
Another aspect where RCB have lacked behind in comparison to CSK is their bowling. “That’s where Chennai have always been successful because they’ve often had stronger bowling than Bangalore,” said Dravid.
“For RCB, you always felt they will be chasing a gun death bowler,” said Dravid. “Then the first thing you realise is they’ve spent 15 crores on Yuvraj Singh and you think, ‘Oh, shit! They aren’t in the market for that!'” and by the time a death bowler comes round they won’t be able to spend any money so we can outbid them.”