IPL 2024: Harbhajan Singh asks RCB to change team approach

'They repeatedly make mistakes in the team they pick,” said the former Indian spinner

By Web Desk
April 02, 2024
Former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh. — AFP

Former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh asked Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) to change their team approach as their bowling department remains the weakest spot in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024.

With two losses and only one win, Faf du Plessis’ side kicked off their campaign with yet another underwhelming start as the Bengaluru-based franchise continued to struggle with their mediocre bowling line, which doesn’t have a quality spinner.

Harbhajan shared his two cents on RCB’s approach for this year saying that the team’s combination is not right as they rely on their overseas batters while the bowling remains a question mark.

"They repeatedly make mistakes in the team they pick. They invest heavily in batting and that too foreign. They take mighty overseas batters but bowling has always been their weakness. It's the case now also and it's evident as well," Harbhajan said on Star Sports.

"Whether you bat first or second, you will still have to bat well to get 180, and 180 should be a winning total. Your mindset is that 180 will be chased. How will they be chased? The opposing team will have to score them," Harbhajan added.

Mohammed Siraj leads RCB’s bowling attack but the right-arm pacer is yet to impress as he just managed to bag two wickets in three matches at an economy of 10.

Harbhajan, an IPL veteran, advised RCB bowlers to bowl with the mindset of taking wickets rather than surviving with economical overs as it doesn’t do much good to the team.

"If you bowl enough good balls, you will still be able to get those people out. No matter who is playing, whether it's (Andre) Russell or anyone else batting against you, a good ball is a good ball. The bowlers will have to change their mindset slightly. Try to pick up wickets instead of trying to survive by bowling a decent over," Harbhajan stated.