Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) once again returned home without the Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy even though they reached the playoffs for the first time since 2016. And, yet another time RCB skipper Virat Kohli’s captaincy was under the radar with many suggesting the removal of him from the captain’s position. But his RCB teammate Parthiv Patel has disagreed to blame Kohli for the franchise’s failure solely.
Parthiv Patel, who was benched in the whole IPL 2020 season, admitted that RCB had the team this season who should have lifted the IPL title. After three seasons, they entered the playoffs but were kicked out of the tournament after SunRisers Hyderabad defeated them in the eliminator. The Bangalore-based franchise had an off day in batting as they set up below par 130 runs target. With the help of Jason Holder and Kane Williamson, SRH chased down the target easily.
“I personally felt that we had a team that could win the tournament. Everyone in the camp felt it. We had all the bases covered. Sometimes the playoff games just don’t go your way. Scoring 130 in a playoff game, we came very close. I thought we fought really hard, ” he said.
I feel Virat is not the only one who is responsible for RCB not winning: Parthiv Patel
Parthiv stated that the captain could not be entirely blamed for the team’s failure. The people behind the scene – coaches and other members who are involved in preparation-also have responsibilities on their shoulders to deliver.
“But as I said, you can’t just blame the captain. There are a lot of other things as well – there is director of cricket, there is head coach – there are a lot of other things involved in it. To blame the captain is also not true,” the wicketkeeper-batsman said.
“I personally feel he (Kohli) should not be the only one held responsible for RCB not winning. The role of Mike Hesson, Simon Katich – quite experienced coaches, been there and thereabouts. There isn’t just one factor that is responsible. I feel Virat is not the only one who is responsible for RCB not winning,” Parthiv Patel maintained.
RCB had a good start to the tournament and ended at the fourth position in the points table. The slump of Virat Kohli in the latter half, unarguably, affected the Bangalore-based franchise.