Royal Challengers Bangalore are currently on thin ice as their qualification for the next round in the ongoing IPL 2022 season heavily depends on Delhi Capital’s performance in the next game. After showing a lot of potential in the first leg of the tournament, the Bangalore franchise lost their momentum midway and need to register a win with a considerable margin and hope DC would lose their next game to qualify for playoffs.
However, Bangalore is a rare franchise that never won the title despite having some of the best players on display in the tournament. Notably, Bangalore came close to the title in the 2016 season, where they locked horns with Hyderabad in the summit clash. The former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson recently recalled his horrendous performance in the final match, which eventually cost the franchise the tournament.
Watson, who was sensational with the ball throughout the season, conceded 24 runs in the final over, which set them 209 as a target for the Virat Kohli-led side. “2016 final which I played with RCB was something I was just shattered about. Because I know how much it meant to RCB to win that final. It was at home at Chinnaswamy. RCB had played so well all year, at the backend of that tournament in particular,” Watson recalled on the Delhi Capitals podcast.
Watson further added that he had a tough time coping with that incident as he felt his time in the Indian Premier League was over after that performance.
“I used to think how could I spoil such an opportunity for my team members. I had a hard time dealing with that final over,” he said.
However, Watson sort of redeemed himself a couple of years later when he represented Chennai Super Kings in the final and scored a whopping century in the summit clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Watson’s innings helped the Yellow Army lift their third title in the tournament’s history. At present, Watson is serving Delhi Capitals as an Assistant Coach for the ongoing season, while Bangalore is fighting hard to qualify for the tournament’s next stage.