IPL 2018 play-off hopes not over yet, says Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Parthiv Patel
Saturday’s defeat to Chennai Super Kings has pushed the Royal Challengers Bangalore on the brink of exit. With the gap between the fourth placed team and RCB now four points, they will need to collect full points from their remaining five games and expect other results go their way to make it to the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs.
Skipper Virat Kohli must be feeling the heat for his team’s poor show. Parthiv Patel, whose half-century was the only bright spot in RCB’s batting against CSK, backed his skipper and expressed hope of his side making it count in the rest of the tournament.
“Virat has been excellent captain and there is no doubt about it. I have been a part of lot of IPL and I have seen three-four turnarounds in those 10 years and I do not see any reason as to why we can turn it around. We have the players in the dressing room and the support staff, who makes sure that we are in the right frame of mind,” said Patel.
In a shocking show, RCB were bundled out for a meagre 127, the main blame being on the cheap dismissals of Kohli and AB de Villiers, who were out in quick succession. “It does make a difference when two world-class batsmen get out in two overs. Having said that we had the quality in our side, where we could have got to 150-160 on that wicket. But, yes, when Virat and AB gets out, it becomes difficult to score.”