IPL 2018: Can RCB replicate their heroics of 2011 season?
They have been in this situation before and have come out on top not once but twice.
Published - Apr 30, 2018 1:09 pm | Updated - Apr 30, 2018 1:09 pm
The ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) has brought the sense of familiarity with it for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The team is struggling with their bowling attack once again despite spending a lot of money at the auction on some of the renowned international bowlers. The likes of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are the only ones who are performing for the team consistently and it goes without saying that they are languishing at the wrong half of the points table.
However, the fans need not leave all the hopes of their favourite team qualifying for the playoffs just now. So far they have won only a couple of matches after playing 7 and it is clear that they have to win almost all the remaining games to save themselves from getting eliminated. Even the skipper Kohli pointed out the same in the post-match presentation ceremony on Sunday and believed that they have to take every game as virtual semi-final now.
RCB have done it before
The current situation is not new for RCB as far as the rich history of the Indian T20 extravaganza is concerned. They have faced this scenario before and have come out on top as well. It was way back in 2011, the fourth edition of IPL when they had won seven consecutive matches after being able to win only a solitary game out of 4. Interestingly, they also reached the finals only to lose to the defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
So, if they can step up to the task from the next game itself, and get on a winning spree to qualify for the next stage. Even in 2016, they were powered by the four centuries of Kohli in similar circumstances and eventually played the finals of that season as well. As of now, all is not lost for RCB and their die-hard fans as they can still remain upbeat about winning the tournament.
.@RCBtweets can still qualify to the last four. Need to win at least six from the remaining seven!
Remember they had won seven consecutive games in 2011 (22 Apr to 14 May) after winning just one from their first four! Went on to reach final!
Time to #ReinventYourGame #RCBvKKR
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 29, 2018
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