Bangalore, May 12: Posing the worst economy rate in IPL 5, Royal Challengers Bangalore bowlers seem to have struck a bit of form at a crucial stage to fight their way back into the top-four.
Though it has come against two of the worst batting sides, Mumbai Indians, who have the slowest run-scoring average, and Pune Warriors, RCB pacers struck early to shatter the oppositions top-order.
For most of this season, RCB were criticised for their overdependence on Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, but thanks to their bowlers they won't be called a one-man team anymore.
RCB skipper Daniel Vettori, who dropped himself to make way for spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan, claimed just 5 wickets in nine matches with an economy rate of 6.71. The inclusion of Sri Lanka's spin maestro has certainly boosted their confidence. The 40-year-old spinner has taken 12 wickets in seven matches at an outstanding average of 14.16.
Karnataka pacer Vinay Kumar made a striking comeback with five wickets in two games but hasn't been economical throughout this season, conceding the highest runs(387) in RCB.
RCB speedster Zaheer Khan has had a mixed season so far with 11 wickets in 13 games. But India's premier pace bowler feels they are peaking at the time, I get the feeling we are peaking at the right time, we started poorly, now we are doing well. We had a few areas to work on, we are putting in some good effort here. I am happy with the way my fitness, don't want to jinx it by talking about it," Zaheer said during the post match press conference on Friday.
Stand-in skipper led his side to two consecutive victories with the help of an overall team effort. Kohli's 'I can do it' attitude has changed RCB's fortunes.
RCB's Indian players need to fire in the wake of play-offs, especially Kohli, Saurabh Tiwary and Mayank Agarwal.
After three consecutive wins, RCB sit on third spot with 15 points. With three matches remaining RCB need to win atleast two to secure a berth in the last-four, but it sounds easier than said as they face league leaders Delhi Daredevils and favourites Mumbai Indians.