A last-place finish looms ahead for the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as they slumped to their sixth consecutive loss of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season 12. Packed with the most exciting international stars and immensely explosive batting talent, RCB always manage to find a way to choke during the IPL, much to the fans’ despair.
RCB’s pathway towards destruction spell out a similar story as that of their Pakistan Super League (PSL) counterparts Lahore Qalandars. Both teams have traditionally been packed with high-profile international recruits but fail to make an impact in the tournament.
Being inherently prone to failure, the abysmal performances of both the T20 franchises perhaps point to a deep-rooted problem of lacking internal cohesion among the squad. With AB de Villiers being a common presence in both the RCB and Qalandars setups, even the outlook of the teams isn’t drastically dissimilar.
RCB’s track-record needs a dramatic overturn, as 12 seasons have passed by eluding them from a maiden IPL title. Until then, they would continue to draw parallels with PSL’s ‘cursed’ franchise Lahore Qalandars.