The Bangalore team crashed out of the tournament with a six-wicket defeat at the Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday night in Abu Dhabi. Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar blamed Virat Kohli for the departure of Royal Challengers Bangalore from the 13th season of the Indian Premier League.
The defeat against Sunrisers was RCB's fifth consecutive defeat. The team had started well by winning seven out of their opening 10 matches, but the course deviated after that. Captain Gavaskar's poor performance with the bat is a key reason for Gavaskar's failure to win the RCB title, failing to match the high standards he has set.
Little Master told Star Sports, 'Looking at the high levels he (Kohli) has set for himself, he will probably say that he has not been able to match them and this is one of the reasons why RCB's team He failed to win the title because when he plays big innings with AB de Villiers, the team scores big.
Kohli scored a little over 450 runs in 15 matches at a strike rate of 121.35 and his team struggled to score runs in the middle overs most of the time. Great batsman Gavaskar said that RCB's bowling lacked the edge so that they can challenge the opposing teams and win it.
Gavaskar also believes that the team needs to find a player who can play the role of finisher. He suggested that Shivam Dubey might fit into this role. 'Bowling has always been the weak side of RCB. Also in this team was Aaron Finch, who is a good T20 player, young Devadatta Padikkal started well and then the team has Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. '