Bangalore, May 20: It is good news for bowlers in IPL 2013 that Chris Gayle won't be taking further part this season. He and Royal Challengers Bangalore have been eliminated. But several RCB fans will miss those big sixes from the Jamaican and of course the Gangnam Style dance. Gayle blasted 51 sixes including the longest of this edition of tournament so far - 119 metres.
When you have Gayle, without doubt the best T20 batsman on current form in IPL 6, a team is definitely counted as one of the favourites for the title. But in spite of Gayle's run scoring spree, RCB have been let down by their bowlers. It is one of the reasons that RCB do not feature in the last four this year. Gayle finished the tournament with 708 runs, leader in the league stage.
Apart from not-so-good bowling attack, RCB were also hampered by lack of support for "Big Three" of Gayle, captain Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. In the end, Sunrisers Hyderabad knocked RCB out by a margin of 2 points (20 to 18).
Here, we try to list out top 5 reasons why RCB did not progress to last-four
1. Bowling woes
Zaheer Khan showed in the final league match what he is capable of. Missing most part of IPL 6 due to injury, the left-arm paceman came back with a bang to take 4 wickets in the rain-hit match against Chennai Super Kings on May 18. If he was fit from the start it could have been a different look to RCB attack. R Vinay Kumar was third after the league phase in most wickets list with 23 but he and his colleagues were not successful in defending even big scores.
2. RP Singh's no-ball
With CSK needing two runs off the final ball, RP Singh committed, maybe his biggest mistake of his career. He overstepped and Ravindra Jadeja was caught off that final delivery but did not count and the MS Dhoni-led team won. RCB failed to defend 165 on that day at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
3. Did Virat Kohli drop the IPL trophy?
In 1999 World Cup, Australia captain Steve Waugh famously told Herschelle Gibbs that he had dropped the World Cup. Gibbs spilled Waugh's catch and that proved costly. Though Kings XI Punjab and David Miller too did not progress to playoffs, the South African left-hander benefitted from a drop catch by Kohli. In Mohali, chasing a mammoth 191, KXIP were struggling. But Miller, aided by Kohli's dropped catch, not only smashed a sensational unbeaten hundred but also took the team home. Kohli had dropped Miller on 41.
4. Failure in away games
The most disappointing aspect of RCB's campaign this year has been their inability to show the same performance when playing outside of Bangalore. RCB won 7 games (1 loss to KXIP) at home out of 8 but managed to succeed only twice (Pune Warriors and Delhi Daredevils) in away matches. RCB managed to defeat only the 2 bottom-placed teams in away outings.
5. Over-dependent on Gayle, Kohli and De Villiers
Barring the trio of Gayle, Kohli and De Villiers, the rest of the batsmen have not contributed much to the team. Gayle scored 708 runs, Kohli 634 and De Villiers 360. A tally of 1,702 runs from three bats. In the entire season the team aggregated 2,571 runs. More than 65% of RCB's total runs came from these three.