Exclusive – ‘RCB never had a team as strong as Mumbai Indians…’: Colin de Grandhomme on why Bengaluru-based team struggles in IPL | Cricket News

Feb 10, 2024

New Delhi: With less than two months left for the return of the Indian Premier League (IPL), there is a wave of anticipation among cricket fans. Confidence ran high among some supporters, imagining another trophy added to their already proud collection.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is one of the few teams that does not have the elusive IPL trophy in their cabinet despite having a string of superstar cricketers over the years. Despite the acquisitions of Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Tom Curran and Lockie Ferguson in the recent IPL auction, there are some concerns that RCB may struggle again in their quest for a maiden title.

Speaking exclusively to TimesofIndia.com, Colin de GrandhommeThe man who had a brief stint with the Bengaluru-based franchise shared his insights on why the sweet taste of praise has always been missing from RCB in the Premier T20 league.

“RCB has never had a team as strong as Mumbai Indians, where the all-round combination of the team has been excellent. RCB has a very good team but there is over-dependence on two, three players,” the 37-year-old player said. They never did things their own way, which is why they never turned out to be a balanced team.”
The journey of De Grandhomme's cricket career started with T20 cricket. After leaving Zimbabwe for Auckland in 2006, the all-rounder earned selection in his first series against his home country in 2012, although early outings did not secure a permanent place.
Undaunted, de Grandhomme continued to impress in the domestic circuit, which led to several call-ups to the national team, which worked in de Grandhomme's favour.
The right-arm medium pacer's international career peaked in the 2019 ICC World Cup. Notable highlights include 60 off 47 balls in a tense chase against South Africa and an impressive 64 against Pakistan.
In the final of the same edition, he took the crucial wicket of Joe Root against England for just 25 runs in his 10 overs. Nevertheless, his contribution was not enough as England secured victory and the coveted silver medal.
A specialist in shorter format cricket, de Grandhomme has played for more than ten teams in franchise and club cricket in different countries and continents. Based on his extensive experience of playing in different conditions, the 37-year-old veteran explained what players can expect in the upcoming matches. t20 world cupCo-hosted by the West Indies and the United States.
“I don't know much about America. But most of the grounds in the West Indies will be suitable for spinners. The conditions are similar to India. Batsmen who like to hit sixes out of the ground will enjoy playing there,” de Grandhomme said. told TimesofIndia.com with a smile on his face.
Looking at the current balance of the teams, he could not resist the temptation to pick the top three favorites for the upcoming T20 World Cup. In his words, India tops the charts, with Australians not far behind.
“Obviously, India will be in the top four. They've been an excellent group. Probably Australia will be there too. They're smart, and they set themselves up to beat anybody. That's always been their mentality, somebody And if we can come back strongly, New Zealand can make a place,” the former New Zealand star said.
Elaborating on New Zealand's struggles in the knock-outs of white-ball cricket, de Grandhomme stressed the importance of consistency and performances when it matters most.
“It's obviously about not doing enough on the day. It's just about some guys not stepping up on the day. There's always been some key moments that didn't go their way. Otherwise, as a group, They'll do that with ease,'' he concluded.

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