‘Only three players got all the attention’ – Chris Gayle sheds light on RCB’s title drought
He stated that only ‘three players’ garnered much of the limelight unlike the rest of the unit.
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Former Royal Challengers Bangalore explosive hitter Chris Gayle shed light on the franchise’s title drought and dropped a bombshell statement in an interview. Despite the star-studded line-up RCB have possessed over the years, the side has been unable to clinch a single title since the inception of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Speaking in a segment on JioCinema, Gayle dropped quite a few interesting remarks on his former franchise being unable to lift the title. He stated that only ‘three players’ garnered much of the limelight, unlike the rest of the unit.
"Sometimes, being one of the main players, being the main man of the franchise, I am always in my zone, pretty much. What I understand about the RCB point of view is that many players felt left out. A lot of players did not feel like they were a part of the franchise,” told Gayle on JioCinema.
"It was like only three players getting all the attention - myself, Virat and AB. A lot of players, pretty much mentally, they were nowhere within the team. So that's always going to be a challenge to win a title," he added.
Gayle joined the side as a replacement player in 2011 after being snubbed in the auction the same year. From there on, the explosive southpaw scripted a legacy for the Bangalore-based franchise as he garnered huge runs and entertained fans throughout his stint with the side.
RCB aim to clinch historic first title
After retaining their core players, Bangalore spent a paltry INR 1.90 Crore for English pacer Reece Topley's services in the December auction. The 24-year-old all-rounder Will Jacks was another addition to the squad; however, the franchise has dealt with a blow due to his injury while on tour for England in Bangladesh.
Due to his injury, New Zealand’s Michael Bracewell joins RCB as Jacks’ replacement ahead of the forthcoming edition. As the side gears up for the mega cricket carnival, Faf du Plessis and Co. will have their eyes on the prize and look to clinch it. Royal Challengers begin their campaign against Mumbai Indians on April 2 at their very own M Chinnaswamy Stadium.