Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore are in their first play-offs in four years. However, the journey in IPL 2020 so far has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride for them.
The RCB started off well and were in the top half of the table for most parts of the tournament. But they eventually had to depend on a little bit of luck to get into the play-offs after suffering four back-to-back defeats just at the end of the group stage matches.
They just about pipped the Kolkata Knight Riders on the net run rate and made it into the play-offs, that too after looking like one of the best teams in the tournament in the first half of it.— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) November 6, 2020
On the eve of their do-or-die clash against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator of IPL 2020, head coach Simon Katich spoke about the rise of the younger talent in their side and how these youngsters have played a crucial role in the tournament so far for them.
The coach seemed extremely pleased with their young spinner Washington Sundar, and credited the bowler for delivering for the team in the powerplay overs.
“Washington Sundar has been around for a number of years, but he’s still very very young, and the role he has performed for us, particularly in the powerplay with the ball, he has been outstanding.
“He’s bowled some pressure overs and got big wickets at times and helped us win games. So he’s also played a big role,” said Katich in a video posted by Royal Challengers Bangalore on social media.
Sundar can win matches with the bat as well, says Katich
The Australian also added that Sundar has the potential to be a genuine all-rounder and win matches for his team with both the bat and the ball.
“He has got some opportunities with the bat, and we think that in time he will certainly become a genuine all-rounder, someone who can bat in the top 6 and win matches with the bat as well,” he added.
Sundar has got 8 wickets in 14 matches for the RCB this IPL, but more importantly has been one of the most economical bowlers in the tournament. He has bowled 48 overs for his team so far at an economy of 5.77.