Bangalore, Apr 25: Royal Challengers Bangalore's dependency on foreign players has raised quite a few eye brows as the team wholly depends on the Jamaican force Chris Gayle and South African AB de Villiers making it a foreign team that lacks local flavour.
Apart from these two players, the other players who have made an impression are Muttaiah Muralitharan, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Andrew McDonald to a certain extent.
It is quite evident that RCB's batting collapses after the fall of Chris Gayle or AB deVilliers, as Gayle has already notched third fifties in the fifth edition of IPL, with a highest score of 87, he has scored 250 runs off 6 games at an average of 41.66.
While AB de Villiers has scored 228 runs off 7 matches at an average of 57, with a highest score of 64*. He has already made an impact as the team's middle-order heavily depends on de Villiers.
On the other hand McDonald and Dilshan, made use of the opportunity as they have played only two clashes so far in the fifth edition but have scored heavily on both occasions making it difficult for the think tank to exclude them from the playing XI.
Local players like Virat Kohli, Saurabh Tiwary, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara none of them have made an impact so far in the tournament with Vinay Kumar excelling everytime he gets a chance to score, as he has already got 60 runs with a strike rate of 115.38, giving RCB the required push at the death overs.
Apart from Vinay Kumar, other local player who has been impressive in bits is none other than Mayank Agarwal, as he has scored 125 off 7 matches with a highest score of 45 against Chennai Super Kings in the fifth edition of IPL.
Virat Kohli, the star batsman has failed to create an impression as he has not fired yet. With a highest score of 57, and 129 from 7 matches, there is a lot of pressure on the 23 year old to perform as foreign players are taking all the accolades for guiding the team to victory.
Murali too, has been fantastic as he has claimed 8 wickets off just 4 matches while others like Zaheer Khan, Vinay Kumar have picked 8 and 6 respectively after playing seven matches. While only skipper Vettori is struggling for form, as he has not been very consistent and the pressure is on him as well to perform.
Foreigners playing a vital role in RCB's success, the team needs some good knocks from domestic players as well to ensure Challengers have a desi-feel to it.
Still a long way to go in the tournament as RCB has played only 7 matches so far. With 9 more to go, Vijay Mallya-owned team and its fans would look forward for local flavour as only foreigners have excelled so far, making it a team filled with overseas players.