Anyone who follows English Premier League or other International Sporting events might be aware of the concept of ‘Derby’. Games between two rivals of close geographical proximity are usually called a local derby, or simply just derby. Adhe mana style lo cheppukovaali ante something like Savithi Poru. In IPL, for Hyderabad the closest contender for that slot is Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Reasons for Rivalry
Both started out as Bekaar –
Both teams were launched with much fanfare for the inaugural IPL season. Deccan Chargers were equipped with power hitters like Shahid Afridi, Andrew Symonds, Herschelle Gibbs and Andrew Gilchrist. RCB had a test match kind of team featuring Rahul Dravid, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Jacques Kallis ,Wasim Jaffer etc. Ey raayi aithe em pallu raalukottukotaaniki, they occupied the last 2 slots in the points table.
That Final –
After that dismal first season, both teams put up a great show in the next iteration and consistently punched above their weight. They were lead from the front by Inspirational leaders Gilchrist and Kumble. In an intense final, much to the heartbreak of Bangloreans, RCB choked while chasing a small total and Deccan Chargers won by 6 runs. The same feat was repeated last year, with SRH defeating RCB by 8 runs.
The Software Rivalry –
Adding to the above on field gilli kajjalu, both Hyderabad and Bangalore are synonymous with the amazing growth in the Indian IT sector. And a certain comparison always exists when Investors, Employees weigh in their options. So, they tend be spoken on the same vein, an another case of Savithulu.
While, both teams were amongst the top performers regularly in the IPL, this season has been rather dismal for RCB who have started as a clear favourites to win the title.
What went wrong?
Memu Thoda Kodithe Recordulu, Meesam Melesthe Rewardulu –
- They recorded the lowest total in IPL history by getting bundled out for 49 runs.
- They prove that they are a balanced team, by getting trashed for over 100 runs in the first 6 overs, conceding the highest score in Powerplay overs. Non specialist batsman Sunil Narine hits fastest IPL fifty over them.
- Lost 5 out of 6 games at their Fortress – Chinnaswamy Stadium
- Worst average (17.67) and strike-rate (117.03) among the eight teams
Lot of things went wrong for them.
Tymal Mills –
RCB has always been a team which spends an unnecessary and insane amount on a single player. They did that with Yuvraj Singh once, and they did it with Tymal Mills this time. He was bought for an astonishing sum of 12 Cr. To put things into perspective – Sunrisers have got Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi, Kane Williamson, Ben Cutting, Moses Henriques, Mustafizur Rahman all put together for the same amount. And each of these players are better than Tymal Mills. Bowling has always been a weak link for RCB and they did nothing to shore it up with good Indian pacers. For once their batting didn’t click, and the chinks were complete exposed.
Wicket Keeper –
IPL is known for its ruthless schedule. Injuries, call from national team are common. Its beyond comprehension that RCB has chosen a team which had no specialist wicket keeper. K.L.Rahul who doesn’t keep for India or his state team Karnataka was their first choice wicket keeper. Once he was out for the season, their team balance took a complete hit. Expecting ABD to keep was far fetched, considering the conservative approach he has been taking to balance his workload.
To be honest, RCB would have won last year’s IPL final if they had their strike bowler – Mitchell Staarc. This time around they lost Staarc and Rahul for complete season. Virat and ABD missed the initial matches thereby denying them the much needed initial surge. Middle order batsman Sarfaraz who used to play vital cameos with his paddle sweeps et all was also unlucky to get injured at the wrong time.
The Eclipse –
Kohli, ABD, Gayle all being out of form at the same time is like Sun, Moon and Earth aligning across a straight line. And it happenned to RCB this season.
The Hyderabadi Wishes
When Hyderabad won IPL twice, RCB were the losing finalists. It was the case of so near yet so far for them. And support for bridesmaid teams always exists, just like how South Africa are the favorite team for neutrals in the National arena.
In recent times, no State had provided the National team with as many good players as Karnataka. Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad have all been instrumental in helping Indian Cricket surge ahead. Even now imagine a batting unit headed by Kohli and featuring Karnataka stars Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, K.L.Rahul, Karun Nair, Mayank Agarwal. It sure is one hell of a line up.
So we wish Bangalore well. And will genuinely cheer for them when they take on Delhi Daredevils on Sunday. Not because it will help in the Playoffs position for Hyderabad, but because Royal Challengers have only two wins in the season so far, and if they finish with that count, they will equal the worst performance by a team in IPL history. This dubious record incidentally is held by Hyderabad for Season 1 🙂
Dedicated to my dear friend from Bangalore – Krishna.
‘Krishna gaadi veera prema gaadha’ lo hero ‘Jai Balayya’ ani tattoo veskoni tirugutunnattu, veedu ellavelala ‘Jai RCB’ anukuntu tiruguthuntaadu.