Captain Virat Kohli does not like losing in any form of the game but considering the fact that the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are at the bottom of the 2017 IPL table, Kohli has to face the fact that RCB could become the first IPL franchise to be eliminated this year. RCB has so far played 7 matches and lost 5 of them, which means that they have just 4 points on the board.
RCB Need To Win 6 Out of Remaining 7 Games
RCB has another 7 matches left to be played and need to win a minimum of 6 matches in order to get to 16 points and qualify for the play-offs. This is an uphill task for Kohli and his team as they have not clicked as a unit and their last performance against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) was an embarrassment for the whole team as they got bowled out for just 49 runs, the lowest total in IPL history ever.
Kohli wasted no words in trying to describe the team’s collapse against KKR and said that they best thing the team could do was to forget it and move on. One thing we know is that Kohli thrives under pressure and it brings out his best performances. But winning six out of the next seven games is an extremely difficult task even for Kohli. RCB’s overseas signings need to back Kohli and deliver consistently over the next seven games or else RCB will be the first team to be eliminated.
Devilliers & Gayle Must Fire
AB Devilliers is arguably the most destructive batsman in the world and is a consistent performer. However Devilliers has been out of the South African side due to injury which also forced him to miss the first few opening games of RCB. Devilliers needs to get his act together and support Kohli along with Chris Gayle who has played only one innings of substance so far. The Gayle-Kohli partnership has been successful for Bangalore in previous IPL editions but Gayle’s powers are waning and the ‘Universal Boss’ will need to step up for RCB.
Domestic Players Must Shine
RCB need to stop depending on a one-man-show act and play as a unit and for that to happy, domestic players like S Binny, P Negi and K Jadhav need to put in performances that not only boost RCB but also once again put them on the radar of the national selectors.
RCB’s next game is against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Bangalore and they will be hoping that the home conditions and crowd support will help them get their act together.