- Royal Challengers Bangalore ready to take Chennai Super Kings tonight in Bangalore
- AB de Villiers believes that RCB is not a 2-man team comprising of him and Virat Kohli
- RCB play 3 straight home games before leaving the city for a run of 4 away games
With just 2 wins from their first 5 matches, Royal Challengers Bangalore can’t afford another defeat at this stage of the tournament. Their opponents Chennai Super Kings tonight (April 25th) are flying high with 4 wins from 5 matches, including 2 back to back wins prior to his match. For RCB the worry has been the over-reliance on AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli to get them over line. The two superstars from RCB have scored a combined total of 443 runs, while the next 8 batsmen on RCB’s scoring chart have just scored 400 runs. On more than one occasion this season, either De Villiers or Kohli have been left fighting a lone battle out in the middle, while the rest of the batters have failed in unison.
Just a matter of putting a performance together as a team: AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers, who smashed a match-winning 90 against Delhi Daredevils last time around spoke to the media at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium yesterday. Apart from various other issues AB also discussed this notion that Royal Challengers Bangalore are just a 2-man team. The South African legend said, “We have got a great team. I think you can say that about every team in the IPL, they have 2-3 stand-out players while the rest will chip in but every now then someone surprises you. So that is a very boring story I have heard for so long now, I truly believe guys win matches all over and obviously, you got a prove that first.”
Although the bowling has clicked for RCB in a couple of matches, it’s the batting line-up which must be giving Kohli sleepless nights right now. Apart from De Kock’s and Mandeep’s one or two innings, players like Sarfaraz Khan, who was surprising retained by RCB, Corey Anderson and Brendon McCullum have failed miserably till now. However, De Villiers believes that it’s only a matter of time before the side puts in a complete team performance. He said, “We have been doing so in the season so far, maybe not winning all games but guys like Mandeep have stood up, De Kock looked good and the bowling department, every time it’s someone else, sometimes Sundar or Umesh, who takes 3 upfront.
So it’s an all-around team, just a matter of putting the performances together as a side, when you are winning people all say the whole teams looks fantastic, when you lose oh it’s a two-man team. Let’s see what happens.”
RCB could be staring at early exit if the next 3 games don’t go according to plan
Royal Challengers Bangalore have 3 straight home games now against CSK, KKR and MI, which means that in order to qualify for the playoffs this season, the franchise must secure maximum points from this encounter before leaving the city for 4 straight away games. Royal Challengers Bangalore are yet to win an IPL title, and the pressure is mounting with each passing game. The fact that their ex-players Chris Gayle, KL Rahul and Shane Watson are doing so well at the moment does go to show that the error could have been made by RCB right at the auction stage. IPL RCB vs CSK tonight in Bangalore promises to be run-feast with some of the biggest superstars from the world of cricket taking the field. There is also the case of Virat Kohli going up against MS Dhoni, probably the two most loved cricketers in this country facing off, should be an exciting affair.
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