Virat Kohli returned from injury in a bid to revive the fortunes of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) but his return has not changed the final outcome for RCB during the last two matches and as a result, they find themselves at the bottom of the points table with 1 victory and 4 losses so far.
Kohli is used to winning and will not be happy with this side’s batting performance against the Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) after his bowlers did a great job in restricting RPS to 161. The fact that RCB loss to Steven Smith’s RPS will certainly not go down well with Kohli as the two have had a bitter rivalry throughout Australia’s tour of India.
What will be more concerning for RCB is the fact that none of their overseas players are firing, especially in the batting unit. Chris Gayle’s form has been poor and as a result he has been in and out of the side. He was dropped for the game against RPS and Shane Watson was selected to replace Gayle but Watson has continued to struggle with both bat and ball. Watson sent down his four overs, giving away 44 runs and claiming the wicket of MS Dhoni.
He struggled when he came out to bat scoring 14 runs of 18 balls before being bowled by Ben Stokes who sent down his four overs for just 18 runs, taking 3 crucial wickets that helped RPS restrict RCB to just 134 runs in their 20 overs. AB Devilliers made 29 runs out of 30 balls but got out at a crucial time to Imran Tahir and that wicket broke the back of the RCB.
Captain Kohli was clearly upset with his side’s performance during the post match interview. Kohli said “If we play like this, we don’t deserve to win. The last game, we fought hard. Today we let the game go away right in front of our eyes. We have a few things to address. As professional cricketers, you’re playing for a franchise, you’re playing in front of a lot of people, we can’t keep doing this. Hopefully we can turn things around and the players can take the responsibility.”
RCB made changes to their bowling during the past couple of matches dropping T Mills and bringing in S Badree and A Milne. They might have to make few more changes to their batting for things to turn around.