The former Indian left-hander batsman Gautam Gambhir has come down hard on the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) after the team got eliminated from the IPL 2020 following a defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Abu Dhabi.
RCB, despite qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since the IPL 2016, they failed to reach the semi-final stage and lost that match from SRH. However, RCB lost five matches in a row due to this, Gautam Gambhir considers RCB never deserved to be in the IPL playoffs irrespective of their finish.
On ESPNCricinfo, Gambhir said, “Ok, you can defend as much as you want. You can keep saying ‘You know what, we qualified for the playoffs, we deserve to qualify for the playoffs. Absolutely not! RCB actually never deserved to qualify for the playoffs.”
“If you see the last 4-5 games, even that one Super Over actually against Mumbai Indians (MI). They were very lucky that Navdeep Saini bowled that last over brilliantly. Otherwise, RCB didn’t have a great season, from the batting point of view and the bowling point of view,” he added.
Two-time IPL winner with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Gambhir, further said that even though RCB bowlers performed well, it should be kept in mind where they are coming from.
Gambhir felt that as Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru is the home ground of RCB, their bowling would obviously be better. Still, RCB had plenty of issues contradict them, including its captaincy.
“Yes, bowling will look better because you are not playing at the Chinnaswamy because that is a graveyard for bowlers, do doubt about it. But then yes, when there are bigger grounds, when there are wickets which might help the bowler a little bit, it will always feel that you have had a good bowling season,” Gambhir figure out.
“If you have Mohammed Siraj bowling the last two overs, and you are defending 18 and 19, it is going to be difficult against any international top-quality batter,” said Gambhir.
“There are a lot of problems on the RCB side. The problems start with the management, it starts with the support staff, and then most importantly, the problem starts with the leadership,” Gambhir further added.
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