Probably the team with the highest fan base in the cash-rich Indian Premier League. Over a decade their fans have been so supportive for the side to make their dreams a reality. Unfortunately, things don’t work out for the side and their playoff chances are out of hands by the time. This has been the story for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
This season, Royal Challengers Bangalore team looked so strong on paper with the inclusion of International and domestic stars. This created a lot of buzz among the fans that the over-dependence on AB de Villiers – Virat Kohli will finally come to an end. However, the lack of execution severely hurt them.
Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Collin De Grandhomme and Tim Southee weren’t at their brutal best and this severely hurt their chances. The side ended up losing six games on a trot with death bowling being a serious concern.
Though Dale Steyn was roped into the side as a replacement for Nathan Coulter-Nile, his say was really short. The side performed really well during his stay before he announced his exit due to a shoulder injury. This dented the minimum available chances of the side to make it into the playoffs.
Not just fielding but butterfingers also played its part for the dismal display on the field. Dropping catches in most crucial moments of the game changed the results and the Royal Challengers Bangalore should really consider tweaking these mistakes before the next season.
The fans wanted to see their side end the season on a winning note in the final two home games of the season. Incessant rains added insult to their injury as the match against Rajasthan ended up without a result.
So what will the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise consider going forward? Give the players a second chance? Release most of the players in the next season? This leaves us into a lot of thinking as they weren’t able to make an impact in the last three seasons.