Virat Kohli, Captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore felt that his team has not yet got its hands on the coveted trophy. He thought that it is high time that they deserve to win the IPL title. While the team did make it to the finals, thrice, since the beginning of their league, it had only garnered runners’ up medals on all three occasions.
Lying in wait
There have been speculations and even a level of anticipation as to when the team would lift a trophy and end the drought. RCB has boasted of some great players over the years. Kohli on a chat with Kevin Pietersen on Instagram Live, recently, stated that the players within the team did feel the pinch and the pain their fans have expressed. He also acknowledged the kind of pressure that he and his team had to deal with over the years and across several seasons.
In 2009, under Anil Kumble’s captaincy, the RCB made its first appearance in the IPL. The team finished third after winning 8 of the 14 league stage games. In the semifinals, they managed to even overtake Dhoni’s CSK but fell short of a hurdle against the Deccan Chargers. Once again in 2011, they went a step ahead and made it to the semi-finals and eventually lost the trophy to CSK. Come 2015, under the playoffs, when they qualified through the knockouts, CSK came in the way again. Finally, in 2016, RCB came up from a rather unlikely position to win 4/4 of their last games – this after having lost 6 of 10 games, at the start.
That year, the highlight was Kohli’s exuberant tally of 973 runs while AB de Villiers got 687. Still the trophy was stolen from them by the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
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