IPL 2017: 5 things that went wrong for Royal Challengers Bangalore this season
RCB have managed to win just 3 out of their 14 matches this season
After reaching the finals in the 2016 IPL, a lot was expected from the Royal Challengers Bangalore going into the 2017 season as they had set their sights on their maiden tournament win. Instead, they managed to win just 3 out of their 14 matches and finished as the wooden spoon holders of the tenth edition with just 7 points.
This season saw a completely different RCB outfit as they surrendered to their opposition on numerous occasions. Their players didn’t show any intent, much to the frustration of skipper Virat Kohli. With a game to go, let’s see what went wrong for Kohli and co. in the tenth edition of the extravaganza.
Royal Challengers Bangalore received a huge blow before the start of the season as they were to miss skipper Virat Kohli for the first few matches. It was followed by the news of wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul being ruled out of the tournament due to a shoulder injury he sustained during the Test series against Australia.
Rahul had been very consistent until he got injured and his loss was a big jolt for the team management, who expected the likes of Sarfaraz Khan and Mandeep Singh to step-up in the absence of Kohli and Rahul.
But what panned out must have frustrated the team management because Sarfaraz, who showed a lot of promise with the bat for RCB in the last couple of seasons, was forced to pull out of the tournament due to a knee injury.
Adding to these, players like AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Samuel Badree and Tymal Mills faced injury problems throughout the tournament and that made it difficult for the team management from using the same combination for every match.
Extra cover- IPL 2017: The Injured XI