Half way through their league phase of the IPL 2017 campaign and Royal Challengers Bangalore are a sensation again. A team aspiring to make it past the league stage can only afford a couple of dismal games in a season. RCB used up that couple and some more in a diabolical 9.4 over stretch at the Eden Gardens last night. A result so crushing that it ought to have far-reaching consequences than their immediate standing on the league table, which has them placed at the bottom.
The difficult truth for Virat Kohli, as he surely knows, is that title-winning teams do not disintegrate in this manner. Now with five defeats in seven games and an unflattering NRR of -1.220, RCB will once again have to live with all the scrutiny that comes with being star-studded stragglers. The good news for them, even at this juncture, is that the team only ought to jog back a year in memory, when they climbed out of an exactly similar hole at the half-way stage to finish second in the points table, to hold on to their optimism.
That they have little hours left to marinate in their chastening experience ought to be a blessing. A win at home against the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad today can provide the necessary anesthetic to numb any lasting wounds and possibly lay the base for a second-half run of favorable results. While RCB may have more holes to plug than they have fingers, it is no doubt that they have personalities to turn around this rut. Kohli vowed that the team would better its batting performances. AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle and Daniel Vettori are far too proud cricketers to let a similar fate befall their team again. So expect a response from RCB. A warm summer’s evening in Bengaluru. There is a 15 percent chance of showers hitting the city late in the night but they are unlikely to cause any major obstacles. The Chinnaswamy surface this season has been somewhat of an oddity given the usual contests that have played out in the past.
Well we hope everything plays out well for we being the fans of the teams can only support and hope for them.