3 Reasons why Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have not won an IPL title yet
In the seven seasons where Kohli has led the side, they have qualified for the playoffs twice and have managed to reach the finals once.
Updated - Jul 29, 2020 12:55 pm
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (often abbreviated as RCB) is a franchise based in Bangalore, Karnataka, that plies its trade in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Since its inception, the team has played its home matches at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
The Virat Kohli-led side has never won the IPL, finishing as runners-up on three occasions between 2009 and 2016. Their lack of success over the years despite the presence of various notable players has earned them the tag of “underachievers”. The team holds the records of both the highest and the lowest totals in the IPL– 263 and 49 respectively.
RCB have a huge and passionate fan base all over India and especially in the city of Bangalore. The fans, known to be loyal and vocal in their support, often turn up in large numbers for RCB’s home matches turning the stadium into what is called a “sea of red”. They are well known for their chants of “R-C-B, R-C-B” and the coordinated ‘Mexican Wave’ at the Chinnaswamy.
Virat Kohli was appointed as the permanent captain of the team for the 2013 season. In the seven seasons where Kohli has led the side, they have qualified for the playoffs twice and have managed to reach the finals once. People often wonder what has caused the popular franchise to not win any title yet. So, in this article, let’s look at the possible reasons for that.
Here are the 3 reasons for Kohli’s RCB not winning the tournament yet:
3. Squad Selection
The Bangalore side has always had some big players in their ranks. The combination of Virat Kohli and Ab de Villiers is enough to instil fear in the opposition’s mind. However, leaving the stars aside, the team lacks a balance in their squad. It is said that fifty per cent of the tournament is decided at the auction and if you’re getting that wrong, you’re definitely not helping your team’s cause.
While RCB have always been star-studded at the top, their lower order and pace bowling have always been found short. In the T20 format, death bowling is one of the most important components. The Kohli led franchise has failed big time to get quality death bowlers in their mix. Apart from Mitchell Starc in the 2015 season, the franchise has failed to acquire any top quality T20 pacers.
“If you don’t pick the team properly, don’t expect miracles from a captain,” said Akash Chopra in a video on his YouTube channel. The team management has to do better at the auction in order to succeed in the upcoming seasons. The captain can give a list of players, but the rest falls to what the management does on the day. The wrong squad selection is one of the major reasons for RCB failing to win the title.