When Will RCB’s woes end? Why are they also struggling in the WPL along with IPL?

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Royal Challengers Bangalore has not won a single match so far in the inaugural edition of Women’s Premier League.

Sophie Devine.
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Royal Challengers Bangalore’s woes continue to haunt them even in the debut edition of the Women’s Premier League. The team led by Indian team vice-captain Smriti Mandhana is yet to win a game in the competition and currently sits on the last position in the WPL standings.

RCB’s struggles do come as a shock to most cricket fans, as very few imagined that the franchise would continue to suffer in the Women’s Premier League, given the wide plethora of talent available in the squad, namely Smriti Mandhana, Elysse Perry, Heather Knight, Sophie Devine etc. 
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the major common reasons why we feel the franchise is struggling in both, the IPL, as well as the freshly launched WPL: 

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1.Team Selection/ PlayerSelection:

It comes as no surprise that the RCB squad has always been dominated by a select few star players, around whom the team selection and composition has revolved for a long time.

For instance, Daniel Vettori, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, Shayne Watson etc. One cannot help but point out how these star players are solely held responsible for the side’s successes and losses, while allowing almost little room for other players to contribute to the team’s progression in the competition. This is somewhat visible in RCB’s WPL squad as well, which consists of few star players like Smriti Mandhana, Elysse Perry, Heather Knight among others. 

2. Poor Team Combination: 

To have a back-up in case your main players are struggling goes a long way in deciding a team’s success in a competition. And that is exactly what RCB have been unable to do, even in the ongoing WPL edition.

Smriti Mandhana is undoubtedly one of the best batters in the world, with numerous T20I records to her name. Other than her, big names like Elysse Perry, Heather Knight and Sophie Devine are yet to find their form for RCB in WPL. This creates a loophole in the team as no other players can be expected to produce the type of excellence showcased by the more prominent players. 

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 3. Leadership Issues:

Although most of the players who have led RCB in the IPL till now have been legends of the game, none of them were able to guide the franchise to a title. Does captaincy have a lot to do with RCB’s failures? Or is solely the team combination and the team selection that are to blame for the team’s woes? 

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