Virat Kohli feels that the dubious season has a couple of positive factors that have enabled him to judge his players’ attitude and decide whom to retain next year.
Royal Challengers Bangalore ended their dismal campaign with a win over Delhi Daredevils in the last game of the league stages. The win, however, did not have any impact on their position on the point table, as they still finished as the wooden spooners.
Speaking after the match, Kohli said the season was one to forget for the beleaguered team and that they will take the break to start fresh as a franchise.
“It has been a season to forget and reflect on. We have to start fresh as a franchise. Maybe a blessing in disguise. Depends on how many players we can retain. But we do have guys who we have identified. Some guys who have shown right kind of attitude and the mindset to go out there and perform under pressure situations,” Kohli said.
Ahead of this season, RCB was touted as one of the contenders to win the coveted title. The performances they dished out last year to reach the finals was stellar and they narrowly missed out on winning the trophy in the high scoring summit clash against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Right from the start, the signs weren’t good for RCB. Injuries and bad form hurt them very badly. They started out the season without Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers. Later, bad form and lack of commitment cause bad damage.
RCB has the biggest number of stars in their line-up. Apart from Kohli, superstars like AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Shane Watson, KL Rahul and Kedar Jadhav make the team look invincible. However, things simply did not fall in line for them.
These men also form the core of the team. However, a couple of names like Gayle and Watson have failed to shine consistently in the past couple of seasons. They seem to be past their best.
While it will be easier to sort out the lesser important names based on their character and performances, Kohli will face some dilemma when deciding the name to retain from the core of the team, especially after such a torrid season.