The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) have had the worst possible start to their 2019 IPL campaign. Both teams have lost their first three games and now sit at the bottom of the 2019 IPL points table.
RCB Cannot Find The Magic
RCB has always had one of the most exciting teams in IPL history but sadly the franchise has never been able to click and win an IPL Championship. Led by Virat Kohli, RCB was looking to change things around in 2019 but given their start, they will be under pressure for the rest of the tournament.
Kohli and team have reason to be annoyed with a few decisions. One of them is the umpire not calling a very obvious no ball against the Mumbai Indians which ended up costing them the game. However, Kohli knows that his side have not been good enough and that reflects on him as a captain.
Given the fact that India lost the ODI series against Australia under Kohli and now RCB have lost 3 consecutive games, a lot of the spotlight is going to be on Kohli’s captaincy as India prepares for the 2019 World Cup.
Kohli will like to play it all down but inside he knows that the naysayers are talking about his leadership and believe that R Sharma might be a better option to captain India for the 2019 World Cup. The best way for Kohli to silence his critics is to get RCB to win their next three games.
No Royal Treatment
The Royals have a great team with quality overseas players and strong domestic talent. However, captain A Rahane has not been able to deliver and finds himself under a lot of pressure.
It is imperative for A Rahane to not only perform well with the bat but also to lead the Royals to victory as it will send a message to the selectors that he could be the number 4 batsman that India needs for the World Cup.
As of now, Rahane has his hands full as he looks to change the fortunes for his team. The Royals have a reputation of being able to bounce back and it will be up to Rahane to lead from the front.
There are no easy games for both RCB and RR’s, so they will have to dig deep and look to their captains for inspiration!