Picture Credit: X/IPL

Picture Credit: X/IPL

The Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) are having a disappointing outing in the 17th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Despite winning the toss and inviting the Pat Cummins-led SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH), thee Faf du Plessis-led side succumbed to a 25-run loss, thus registering their fifth straight defeat in the ongoing edition.  

This defeat of the RCB did not get down too well. Fans as well as cricket pundits blasted out at the franchise for repeated dismissal performances in the tournament history. Among many such was former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag, who highlighted several issues that the franchise needs to address to.

“If you have 12-15 Indian players, just 10 overseas and your entire staff is made of foreigners, that’s an issue. Only a few of them are international players, rest are all Indians and half of them don’t even understand English. How will you motivate them? Who spends time with them? Who talks to them? I can’t see a single Indian staff member. At least there should be someone who the players can confide in,” Virender Sehwag said on Cricbuzz. 

From the auction table to the management: Manoj Tiwary on RCB

Sehwag wasn’t the only one this time as Irfan Pathan, Manoj Tiwary also questioned RCB’s decision making. The former India cricketer Manoj Tiwary said, “I know where the problem is. From the auction table to the management. All the good players of this franchise leave to go and play for other teams. One of them is the leading wicket-taker this season [Yuzvendra Chahal]. You let them go. You don’t persist with Virat Kohli’s captaincy. He led them to the 2016 final.”

The Faf du Plessis-led RCB will next take on two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders in their next fixture at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday, April 21.