Royal Challengers Bangalore qualified for the playoffs despite a losing to Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets in their last league match in IPL 2020 in Abu Dhabi on Monday. Royal Challengers Bangalore ensured Delhi Capitals took more than 17.3 overs to chase down the 153 runs target to go one spot ahead of Kolkata Knight Riders on net run rate and ensure qualification.
The Virat Kohli led side will now face either KKR or Sunrisers Hyderabad as the 4th spot will depend on the result of the SunRisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians match on Tuesday in the eliminator.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Haven’t Got Enough Players Collectively To Win IPL-Michael Vaughan
Former England captain Michael Vaughan, however, believes Royal Challengers Bangalore don’t have enough firepower collectively to win three matches in a row and lift the IPL trophy from here for the first time in the tournament’s history since they are one of the teams never to lift IPL even once.
“Can the RCB team win it this year? I’ve said that from the beginning, I don’t think they’ve got enough collectively to win it,” Vaughan told Cricbuzz.
“Look anything is possible particularly in 2020, the world’s been turned upside down so who knows what’s gonna happen. Virat Kohli might bat left-handed and win them the game (in a gest) but it’s a tall order,” he added.
The former England captain argued that there aren’t enough players in the RCB side who have suffered back to back 4 defeats unlike other teams to perform under the pressure of playoffs.
“I look at teams and individuals and see are there enough individuals in the RCB team full of confidence to play in the pressure that they would be under… I guess the one thing in RCB’s favour is that they’ve got no other options but to play hard and aggressive cricket,” Vaughan said.
Devdutt Padikkal scored a fifty against Delhi but RCB’s batting unit failed again collectively to put up a good total on the board. Both Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers failed to score big runs with the bat as Royal Challengers Bangalore were 10-15 runs short mostly due to conservative batting in the middle overs as they failed with spinner Ravichandran Ashwin restricting them to a below-par score.
Virat Kohli Should Be Striking At Over 140-Michael Vaughan
Commenting on Virat Kohli’s form with the bat, Michael Vaughan said the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain should be winning more games for his side leading from the front. Virat Kohli has an average of 46 and scored 460 runs in 14 matches but his strike rate of 122 is comparatively less than overall strike rate and leaves a lot more to be desired.
“2020 is the year that Virat Kohli became normal. He’s found that there are many other players who have gone through these kinds of struggles. It is not really a massive struggle for Kohli because the numbers are still are over 400 runs at a strike rate of 122 but he is better than that. He is a player that should be striking at over 140.”
“He should be winning the RCB more games than he has done but as I said, he is a human being. Everyone can have periods where it doesn’t come quite as easy, as maybe as he had done in the last few years. Maybe things have not gone his way, lose a bit of confidence. The mindset’s not quite the way it was,” Vaughan said.
Although Virat Kohli has scored 460 runs averaging 46 in 14 matches but his strike rate has 122.1 is the lowest among the top five run-scorers of this IPL. Virat Kohli is placed 4th in leading run-scorers list behind KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and RCB teammate Devdutt Padikkal who has 472 runs.