Bangalore, May 23: For the third year in a row, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have failed to make the playoffs of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Yesterday's 30-run loss to Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens put the Vijay Mallya-owned franchise out of IPL 7. RCB had failed to finish in the top-four in 2012 and 2013 too.
Here, we list out top 5 reasons for RCB's forgettable IPL 7
1. Chris Gayle's poor form - 196 runs in 9 innings
The explosive opener was expected to deliver at the top of the order as he has done in previous editions of this cash-rich Twenty20 league. But the Jamaican, after missing few games at the start due to injury, was not at his best. Even after failing consistently, RCB persisted with him in the hope of him getting back to form. But that did not happen and it severely dented their playoff chances.
2. Collective failure of batting-heavy line-up
Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Yuvraj Singh was a dream batting combination in IPL. Before the start of this year's league, many felt this was the best batting unit in the tournament. They were expected to fire collectively but faltered. De Villiers stood out with couple of innings while Yuvraj, after initial struggles, bounced back to form. But the quartet did not click as a unit.
3. Virat Kohli's quiet tournament - 286 runs in 13 innings
Captain Kohli, in recent times, has been India's best batsman in all formats. Whenever he walks out to bat, it is a foregone conclusion that he would score runs. But, surprisingly, at IPL 7, Kohli did not show his batting magic. He excelled in patches. He collected three ducks and managed a lone half century.
4. Lack of good bowlers
Young legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal was the star of RCB bowling. But pacemen did well in some matches. Ashok Dinda and Varun Aaron were expensive (both economy rate of over 8). Bowling at the death was a big concern. Australian Mitchell Starc was better. RCB packed their side with batting power but forgot to balance it with skillful T20 bowlers.
5. Too much dependence on somes individuals
For many, in the past, RCB was a one-man team in Gayle. This year too, they relied heavily on him and also De Villiers. It is necessary for a team to turn up and play well as an unit than just depend on one or two individuals. Even Kohli had admitted that they had not done well as a team.