The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals have all been eliminated from the 2019 IPL. The fourth and final spot in the playoffs will be taken by either the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) or Sunrisers Hyderabad who will join the Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals in the playoffs.
With the 2019 ICC World Cup approaching, cricket fans will soon forget the IPL. However, IPL franchises that have been eliminated must carry out a root cause analysis to see what they did wrong, where they went wrong and what they must do to fix those issues. We take a brief look at some of the areas some of the franchises can improve for the 2020 edition.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB have had some of the best players in the world over the years but have never had a good run in the tournament. Head coach Gary Kirsten has already some the organization will have to look at structural change for the next season. Kirsten wants to build a core RCB team and will have to identify which players he wants to keep and let go off.
One change that may not be popular with fans but is required is removing Virat Kohli as captain. If RCB still persist with Kohli as captain, it will be hard to build a new culture in the dressing room.
The Royals messed things up by having A Rahane captain the side for too long. Rahane was badly out of form and his poor performances with the bat did not help his captaincy. The Royals will most likely hold on to Steven Smith and keep him as captain for the 2020 season. They might have to let go of Ben Stokes who did not perform and think of bringing in another all-rounder from West Indies or South Africa.
King XI Punjab
R Ashwin has done a good job leading the Kings XI franchise and should be retained as captain for the 2020 season. Ashwin has pointed out that one of the main reasons Kings XI failed during this IPL was because they did not take full advantage of the powerplays.
The management need to look at getting more firepower into the team for the 2020 season. Chris Gayle had a decent tournament but the all-rounder is getting old and it might be time to have a backup opener for him. They will look to keep young S Curran and maybe let go off A Tye who did not deliver in the death overs.