Royal Challengers Bangalore is one of the IPL teams that is packet with superstar performers, yet the failure of the team to take the trophy home on several occasions. Every year the team starts on a high note only to fumble at the end. Give the fact that Royal Challengers has reached finals thrice speaks volume about the capability of its players, but not being able to cash on these opportunities highlights the consistency issue of the team.RCB in its journey of 11 years has only one consistent presence and it is of skipper Virat Kohli. The national team captain even after been one of the most complete batsmen of the modern ear has not been able to turn around the fortune of the team and it all boils down to bad decision making.
According to Kohli, “The failure lies where decisions aren’t made properly. If I sit here and say our luck was bad, that won’t be right. You make your own luck, and if you make poor decisions and the other team makes good ones, you will lose. When we played big matches too, our decision-making wasn’t right. When your decision-making is spot on and balanced, those teams win the IPL. The teams that are more relaxed, don’t take the pressure too much, and take good decisions in pressure moments – they should get the credit for winning.”
In the IPL 2017, Royal Challengers has a bad season where they finished at the near bottom of the list while last year team finished at no.6 which was an improvement. Last year during the first 10 matches of the tournament, RCB’s performance was anything but impressive. Team lost 7 of the 10 matches only to make their way to the final winning 3 matches straight in the playoffs before losing final match to Rajasthan Royals.
“We realised this last year. You shouldn’t create an atmosphere even before the tournament has started, that ‘We are going to win this year’, because there are seven other teams too. You have to be realistic. It’s not a one-team dominated tournament,” Kohli said. “From my point of view, I can ignore it. But if you can’t take a guarantee that everyone else is going to ignore it, then it can stay in your mind.
“That’s why I said it’s very important to be aligned with the team’s culture and vision and be a part of the team and not put expectations that are far away. No one wants to win more badly than the players, that anyone will guarantee you.”
This year’s IPL is seeing lukewarm anticipation of the players given that World Cup is around the corner and players are limiting their participation in the league. But skipper Kohli wants his team mates to take up responsibility and make difference for the team. Royal Challengers Bangalore is one of the 3 teams including Kings XI Punjan and Delhi Capitals to have never won the trophy even when the team has reached the finals thrice.
Kohli says, “What we’ve spoken about this year is to lay down a culture, which is the most important thing for any team. One thing that remains an essence for any team is striving for excellence and being committed to what you want to achieve. That takes commitment on a daily basis, and that is something I’m looking forward to this season. We will require absolute professionalism from all our players. We’ll give responsibility to the players to handle themselves on the field, off the field, and take good decisions, be responsible about their life and the sport as well.
“We all are here taking care of that culture for now. We’re not going to be here after a few years, none of us can be here forever. But RCB will remain for a long, long time and the next lot of players that come in should feel that culture, embrace it and be proud of being part of this franchise.”