Cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra has said that Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) needs to find a way to score without Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. According to him, the over-reliance on the duo is hurting them.
While speaking on his YouTube channel, Chopra observed the game between RCB and SRH. He noted that the big players- Kohli and de Villiers, need to deliver during the crunch situation for RCB. Virat Kohli was out at 7 while AB de Villiers (56 off 43 balls) could not survive till death overs to put a fighting total.
“RCB cannot do without Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. They are both amazing players, once in a generation kind of player. You will be looking towards them if you are in this team as they are the best players in the team,” Aakash Chopra said.
Aakash Chopra said that RCB themselves believes that they could only win games if Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers put up good scores. As per him, the franchise needs to change this mindset.
“While it is great, but if the whole DNA of the team or the belief of the team, and I talking from an outsiders perspective, it seems like this team from within believes that they can only win if Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers do well.”
Aakash Chopra on over-reliance on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers:
The renowned commentator said that the other players, including Devdutt Padikkal, had great seasons but their performance gets overshadowed because of Kohli and de Villers’s presence.
“Although the other players are no less. Devdutt Padikkal had a very good season. Aaron Finch is a big player, Moeen Ali is a big player. This team also had Quinton de Kock, a lot of big players have come in this team and gone but when they are here it seems they are in the shadows of Kohli and De Villiers.”
Aakash Chopra stated that RCB could only be successful if they figure out a way to get across the line even when Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers don’t do well.
“They will have figure out a way to have a successful life even when Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers don’t do well. How that will happen, I don’t have an answer for that but I do feel it is there and it should change at some stage,” Aakash Chopra concluded.
Having entered the playoffs for the first time since 2016, RCB failed to capitalise the opportunity but the next season awaits for them.