Former cricketer Aakash Chopra has pointed out the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s tendency of losing matches by a huge margin can be an obstacle for them to win their first-ever IPL title.
The Virat Kohli-led team lost the match against Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets. While analyzing their loss on his Youtube Channel, Aakash Chopra said that whenever RCB’s closes, they lose big. He added that great teams don’t lose by huge margins, stating the example of the Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings match. Aakash Chopra said,
“Royal Challengers looked a little challenged. Kohli’s team doesn’t win when he wins the toss. There has been a slight upheaval already in the table. Bangalore’s system is different, when they lose, they lose so badly.”
“Great teams, when they lose give two points, but do not lose too much with that. They save the net run rate and take the match deep because it will come in handy in the end. If you see the first match, Chennai was 25/4 and found a way to reach 156. In the same match, Mumbai had lost three wickets in the powerplay but they found a way to last 20 overs,” he added.
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Royal Challengers Bangalore’s NRR will drown them if they are tied on 14 points: Aakash Chopra
The Royal Challengers Bangalore are third on the points table with 10 points having won five of their eight matches. Aakash Chopra stated that they may find it difficult to qualify for the playoffs if they are tied on 14 points, due to their poor Net Run Rate this season. He said,
“This is the team that when they lose wickets, they do it one after the other and they don’t play the entire 20 overs. The net run-rate takes such a solid beating, that in the end they will get stuck if they don’t have 16 points.”
“The net run-rate will drown them if they are stuck with someone on 14 points. Their net run is worst among the top four teams and Kolkata, who have reached the fifth spot, their net run rate is better than them,” Aakash Chopra concluded.
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