Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has opined that one of the reasons for Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) failure was Virat Kohli not giving up to scratch performances. RCB has been knocked out of the tournament after losing the eliminator match against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH).
Talking to Star Sports, Sunil Gavaskar stated that RCB is over-reliant on Virat Kohli for putting big totals. Still, he didn’t match up to his standards this season which had been one of the prominent reason for their degrading performance with the bat.
“Looking at the high standards that he sets for himself, maybe he would say he didn’t quite match that and that’s one of the reasons why RCB weren’t able to go through. Because when he scores those big runs along with AB de Villiers, they invariably have big scores,” Sunil Gavaskar told Star Sports on Friday.
Sunil Gavaskar stated that as usual, their bowling performance was the weak point. Still, if Aaron Finch and Devdutt Padikkal had given a good start while AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli had been in form in the middle, RCB would have made it to the finals.
“If anything, their bowling has always been their weak point. Even now, in this particular team, they have got an Aaron Finch, who is a fine T20 player, young Devdutt Padikkal, who began well and then Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, then you have really got it made.”
RCB need a solid player at No. 5 to ease the pressure off Virat and ABD: Sunil Gavaskar
The renowned commentator also suggested that Shivam Dube should have been given more clarity of his role and properly frame his duty. For the next season, Gavaskar has also advised finding someone at No. 5 who can add firepower at the end.
“I think where they need to do a little bit of thinking is give Shivam Dube a proper role. Dube has gone down and Sundar has gone up and down. If he can be given a role, and told to go out there and thrash the ball, it might help him. He is confused now.
“If they can get a solid player at No. 5, then it will ease the pressure of de Villiers and Virat,” Sunil Gavaskar said.
At the start of the tournament, RCB gave a promising performance, looking to be more settled but the table turned in the last four matches. They had a disappointing outing with batting but entered the playing offs first time since 2016.