IPL History: 7 best comebacks of IPL
Cricket is a game that depends a lot on the start the players provide. Often the narrative of an innings is dictated by the start given by the opening batsman/bowler. In a two-month-long tournament, teams would like to start off well to set the pace for the back end of the season.
A good start would mean the team have found a settled winning combination and would want to continue the momentum to the finals. But there have been many occasions that teams, after having started the tournament badly, have resurrected their campaign to perform well in the latter stage of the season.
Some of the teams have even gone to win the tournament after being on the verge of elimination from the knockout race. Over the decade long history of IPL, franchises have scripted such comebacks in the tournament. Let's trace the top 7 such instances in IPL.
#7 Royal Challengers Bangalore - 2011
Having carried the tag of Test players team for the first three years, RCB made a complete revamp of their squad in 2011 as they retained only Virat Kohli from their previous squad. They looked a strong outfit as they bought the likes of Daniel Vettori, AB de Villiers, Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Although they won their first match of the season, they lost all the momentum as they were comprehensively beaten in the next three matches. The batting unit failed to put match-winning performances as they were at the bottom of the table after five matches. Chris Gayle was brought into the team to replace the injured Dirk Nannes.
He changed their fortunes straight away as he scored a 100 in his first match of the season that too against his former team Kolkata Knight Riders. There was no looking back for them as they won seven matches consecutively to seal the top spot in the points table.
Their dream journey was halted by Chennai Super Kings in the finals. But their rise from the bottom to the top of the table was well commendable. Their record of seven consecutive wins was the most by any team at that point of time.
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