Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have had a miserable time at the 2017 IPL and captain Virat Kohli was hoping that his side would play for pride and finally come out on the winning side. However their performance continued to go downhill as they suffered yet another loss in the tournament, this time going down to Kings XI Punjab.
RCB Get Hammered Yet Again
RCB had a great opportunity to get some points on the table as they had restricted the Kings XI to just 138, thanks to some great bowling by Choudhary and Chahal. However it was their batting which let them down yet again as S Sharma became the first bowler in the IPL to get Gayle, Kohli and Devilliers in the same match. His quick wickets broke the back of the RCB and Shane Watson’s poor run of form continued which meant that even 138 was a little too much for the floundering RCB line-up. Kings XI Punjab won by 19 runs and the manner of defeat will once again frustrated Kohli who does not appear to have an answer to RCB’s woes.
Pant Slays Lions
Gujarat Lions had a good start to their initial IPL season in 2016 but this year the side hasn’t succeeded in getting their act together and joined RCB in being eliminated from the play offs after they lost to the Delhi Daredevils on Thursday. The Lions were in with a chance after they posted a score in excess of 200 but the 19 year old R Pant played one of the best innings in IPL history that took the Lions out of contention.
Former IPL SuperStars Could Be Finished
Both the Lions and the RCB management will have to take a close look at player performances and then decide if they will change and chop for the next edition or once again keep the faith in the same squad. It is highly likely that IPL superstars like Chris Gayle, Shane Watson, Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum may no longer be guaranteed a place in the starting XI of any side and they also run the risk of no longer being selected as their performances in the 2017 edition have not been consistent.
RCB will most likely continue to use Kohli as captain as he is still young and the experience of losing so badly will most likely make him a tougher and better captain. With that being said, RCB and the Gujarat Lions management will be especially disappointed by the manner of their losses and their inability to string together consistent performances.