RCB need a better think tank, and Rahul Dravid is someone they could consider
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are faring poorly in IPL 2019; they have won just two out of nine matches so far and are languishing at the bottom of the points table. They are staring at the prospect of yet another group stage elimination, and they have no one but themselves to blame.
A number of decisions that RCB think-tank has taken in the past two seasons have been absolutely baffling. Poor decision-making is one of the primary reasons for the team's lackluster performance in the past two years. And in order to change their fortunes next season, the Bangalore-based franchise would need to find a better set of minds to run the show behind the scenes.
One of the biggest mistakes that the RCB management made was selling the talented Quinton de Kock ahead of IPL 2019. Funnily enough, they bought another South African wicket-keeper batsman, Heinrich Klaasen, in the 2019 players auction, who isn't quite as good as De Kock.
The move made all of us wonder how a professional sports team can make such poor decisions, and De Kock's good form with the Mumbai Indians this season has only served as an indictment of RCB's misjudgment.
Another horrendous error that they made was retaining Sarfaraz Khan instead of the dashing KL Rahul in 2017. Sarfaraz had a dismal outing in the 2018 season while Rahul one of the top run-getters of the year with Kings XI Punjab.
RCB have only themselves to blame for the pathetic state of affairs they find themselves in. They must re-evaluate all the decisions they've taken over the past two seasons and try to find out where exactly it all went wrong.
The teams that succeed in the IPL have experienced mentors at the helm. The Delhi Capitals are doing well this season, and one of the main reasons for that is the appointment of Sourav Ganguly as team mentor. Taking a cue from that, maybe RCB could consider appointing former India and RCB captain Rahul Dravid as the team mentor.
Having someone like Dravid could work wonders for RCB, and help them pose a serious challenge for their maiden IPL title. Dravid has a brilliant cricketing brain, and he coached the India Under-19 team to victory at the 2018 U-19 World Cup.
Another factor that could help RCB's cause is that Dravid hails from Karnataka. He has grown up playing at the Chinnaswamy, and knows the ins and outs of the ground and conditions.
The bottom line is that the RCB team management definitely need to do something different next season. Year after year the team has been putting up poor performances, and the appointment of a better think-tank is essential at this point.
It's about time RCB learn from their mistakes and take some serious measures to address their perennial shortcomings.