Royal Challengers Skipper, Virat Kohli, in a live session with Kevin Pietersen, opened up on the RCB unsuccessful run in the 12 seasons of IPL so far.
Kevin Pietersen, the former England skipper, asked Virat Kohli the reason behind RCB’s unsuccessful in the IPL. Virat Kohli, who has been at the helm of RCB’s team since the inaugural edition, said that the team needs to rediscover the joy of cricket in the game to end their draught of IPL trophy.
“You go after something so badly, and it keeps running away from you. It has just that added pressure in recent years. We’ve just thought, ‘this is the season, this is the season’, and that’s blown us all over the place. I think we need to get that joy back,” Kohli said during live Instagram session with Kevin Pietersen.
In the 12 seasons so far, Royal Challengers Bangalore has managed to reach in the three finals so far but for their efforts they have nothing to show in their trophy cabinet. The pressure of being a heavy-weight also worked against them in a couple of seasons as they finished with wooden spoon in 2017 and 2019 whereas on 6th position in 2018.
“When you have some of the biggest names to play for RCB, obviously there’s going to be much more attention on the team. Even with this team — myself, AB (de Villiers) and (Chris) Gayle has played recently for us as well — we’re always going to be more in focus. We’ve spoken about it. We’ve reached three finals … but those things are irrelevant till the time you don’t win that title. Even when we’ve had the best team, we’ve just not been able to do it. That’s one of our main goals. We deserve to win the title,” Kohli added.
RCB’s poor auction strategy has also played a hand in the RCB’s poor run so far. In almost every season, RCB has gone after the star players, spending a hefty amount after just player and that has left them with either a poor bowling attack or a weakened batting line up.
In the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, Royal Challengers Bangalore will hope that they start the IPL on a good note. However, the chances of IPL 2020 looks very slim due to COVID-19 threat.