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Royal Challengers Bangalore, which was considered as one of the best teams in Indian Premier League, has suffered a huge defeat in the ongoing edition of the tournament. Despite having the strong batting display like Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, the team was the first to exit for the play-off matches. From bowling to batting, overall RCB failed on all fronts, thus disappointing their fans.
Former Australian captain and Mumbai Indians coach Ricky Ponting on Tuesday blamed the poor form from players like Virat Kohli, Ab de Villiers and Chris Gayle as the biggest factor for Royal Challengers Bangalore’ failure in the tournament.
“Their big name players just aren’t standing up like they did last year,” Ponting said in an interview with Cricket Australia's “They got on an amazing roll at the back end of last year’s tournament when Kohli was playing out of his skin, de Villiers was playing well, Gayle was chipping in and Watson was doing a good job with bat and ball.”
Virat Kohli has done next to nothing in IPL 2017, says Ricky Ponting
“But so far Kohli has done next to nothing, there’s been flashes in the pan from Gayle and AB de Villiers, but the consistency just hasn’t been there,” Ponting said. In nine matches, Kohli has scored just 250 runs at an average of 27.77. The Indian skipper had scored four centuries in IPL 2016.
We laughed at times when things got utterly bad says Kohli
"It's very easy to get frustrated and point fingers when you are not doing well but I think we have embraced and accepted what has happened. We have tried to laugh it off at times. There've been so helpless situations that we have come back to the change room laughing. We could never think we would experience something like this as a team. It can happen to one or two players, but all 11 feeling the same way is rare." Skipper Virat Kohli told Times of India.
It is pertinent to mention that RCB are currently at the bottom of the table with 5 points from 13 matches. The team played their last match on May 14 against Delhi Daredevils.
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