RCB eliminated from IPL 2018, and we take a look at the players responsible for RCB’s failure this season.
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s IPL season is done and dusted. Defeat against Rajasthan Royals on Saturday has ended their late surge for a playoff place and sealed their fate.
Rajasthan beat Bangalore as they bowled them out for just 134 in 19.2 overs. Captain Virat Kohli fell quickly after scoring just 4, though fellow opener Parthiv Patel scored 33. AB de Villiers played well to score 53 runs from 35 balls. While others failed to get double digits, Southee and Siraj scored 14 each. Shreyas Gopal took 4 wickets for Rajasthan.
The Karnataka boys have derailed RCB's campaign here. Gowtham started it off by removing Kohli, and Gopal just took it forward with a dream spell. He picked up a four-wickets and RCB could never recover. Gowtham ended RCB's miseries by taking the final catch as well. RCB's chances of making it to the playoffs are bleak now, bleaker than ever before. From 75 for 1 to being out all-out for 134. RR's skipper Rahane came up with some smart moves but none smarter than his decision to bat first. The wicket took a lot of turn in the second innings.
RCB has faced severe critique this season for their performance. Here are the top 4 players who have let down their side this season.
A major setback to the team is their lack of a domestic batsman in the opening order and bowlers at the death end as well who can keep the run rate going slow. The lack of a consistent playing XI has had an adverse impact on the team’s performance this season.
Let us have a look at the players this season who have failed to perform and play their part for the team.
Source: Hindustan Times
Brendon McCullum has been one of the most experienced players in the squad, having played through every single IPL season. McCullum has played 335 T20 games in his career with over 9000 runs. It was due to this experience that RCB paid a whopping 3.6 crores and signed him to their team. However, the Kiwi opening batsman has failed to show this on the field this IPL season. He has played six games so far this season with a total of 121 runs without any match-winning contributions. He has a few goods starts this season but failed to convert it into big numbers that contributed to the team.
Source: Daily Express
Chris Woakes who had earlier played for the Kolkata Knight Riders had a fantastic season taking up 17 wickets last season with an average rate of 8.7 runs per over and has been exceptional with the ball for England during the previous 12 months.
He was RCB’s most expensive player this season who was bought for 7.4 crores but failed to perform for his team this season. He has appeared in five matches this season and picked up eight wickets this season but was hit for an average of 10.36 runs per over. His poor performance and ability to contain the run rate in the death overs cost the team a few matches.
Source: Wisden India
Washington Sundar had a lot of hopes to keep up with this season being RCB’s only all-rounder this season. He is the third most expensive player this season after Umesh Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. The team paid Rs 3.2 crores for signing him off to their side this season. However, he managed to bag only four wickets in seven matches this season with a feeble economy with 9.6 runs per over. His performance with the bat has not been that great either; he scored only 65 runs this season. His failure with the ball and the bat has been evident with RCB’s results and performance this season.
Despite being brilliant in a few matches this season Virat Kohli has not been able to execute what his duties are as the captain of the team. He has been very fickle-minded with his decision making about the playing XI, switching players in and out after every other match. This has caused a great amount of instability in the team which is now starting to fall apart as they inch closer to the Playoffs.