IPL 2019: Sunil Gavaskar feels RCB’s failure might be a boon for Virat Kohli and Team India
Gavaskar backs Chahal but put the blame on the rest of bowlers for RCB's not very good performance this season
Updated - Apr 8, 2019 8:41 pm
Virat Kohli and Royal Challengers Bangalore are on the verge of making the unwanted record of getting eliminated in the shortest time from the IPL 2019. They have lost six matches in a row with their latest defeat coming against Delhi Capitals in Bengaluru on Sunday. RCB skipper Virat Kohli was visibly distraught at the performance of his team despite some performances from himself and AB de Villiers.
In the post-match interview, Kohli mentioned that RCB needs to perform at its best as there are no more excuses left to be given. Given that they have lost six matches out of 14, they now have the herculean task of winning all the remaining 8 games on a trot to be able to qualify for the playoffs. However, Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that if RCB continues to fail in this manner, it can prove to be a boon for the Indian cricket team, with respect to the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019.
Gavaskar opines that Kohli gets an extra week rest if RCB fails to make playoffs
“If RCB don’t qualify, as seems likely, then it could well be a blessing in disguise for Indian cricket. Firstly, it will mean a week off for the Indian skipper to recharge for the ICC World Cup 2019 and from a superstitious point of view, it could mean that all the luck that he didn’t have in the IPL has been kept for the World Cup,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for Mid-Day.
Team India will play their first World Cup match on June 5 against South Africa led by Virat Kohli, which will be his third appearance in the ICC mega event. “That is what India wants, for the World Cup which is a quadrennial event unlike the IPL which is an annual tournament. So winning the World Cup is far more important than winning the IPL this year,” Gavaskar added.
Gavaskar slams RCB’s bowling for their poor show, praises Chahal
RCB has been plagued with some lackluster bowling by their fast bowlers as both Indian and foreign options have failed to come good for the team when needed. Their worst performance came when against KKR, the bowlers couldn’t defend 53 runs in the last three overs, as a rampaging Andre Russell demolished their bowling attack.
“It looks like RCB’s chances of making it to the knockouts hang by a thread. They will take heart from the Mumbai Indians, who lost their first five games in 2015, but went on to win the trophy. For that to happen, the bowling of the Bengaluru side has to improve by leaps and bounds. Frankly, from what has been so far, apart from Yuzvendra Chahal, there doesn’t seem to be a Bengaluru bowler, who looks capable of bowling good incisive and economical of the four overs that bowlers get to bowl in the format,” Gavaskar added.