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Royal Challengers Bangalore’s confidence hammered, admits coach Daniel Vettori

Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered 61-run thrashing against Rising Pune Supergiants which made their progress to the play-offs a lot harder in the 2017 Indian Premier League.

ipl 2017 Updated: May 11, 2017 20:13 IST
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Hindustan Times
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Virat Kohli smashed his 29th fifty in the Indian Premier League but Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered a 61-run thrashing at the hands of Rising Pune Supergiant, making their chances of qualifying for the play-offs slim.(BCCI)

Repeated defeats have snuffed the confidence out of Royal Challengers Bangalore and the players were struggling to find a way out of the current low, coach Daniel Vettori said on Saturday after the heavy defeat to Rising Pune Sunrisers virtually ended their IPL 2017 playoff hopes. (IPL 2017 full coverage)

Royal Challengers Bangalore were crushed by 61 runs at Pune’s MCA Stadium, restricted to 96/9 after Pune Supergiant made 157/3.

The mantra of Virat Kohli and Co in IPL 2017 was to ‘play bold’ but the way the campaign of last year’s finalists has panned out this time, there is little that suggests anything bold. The seventh loss in 10 games has left Royal Challengers Bangalore needing a miracle to make the cut from the last four games.

RCB coach Daniel Vettori admitted his team has not lived up to their catchphrase. “We just try to get the guys confidence, allow them to play in the manner which we expect. RCB’s catch phrase is to play bold and that’s what we talked to the guys, ‘just go out there and play the kind of game you can irrespective of the score or start of the game,’” he said.

Morale low

“Probably, some of the wickets we played on made it tricky for the guys to go out there and play. They were difficult wickets to bat on, but that’s no excuse as both teams had exactly the same wicket,” the former Kiwi spinner said.

“You try and do a lot of things in the background. In the last two years we started off poorly, but were able to rectify it. Unfortunately, we have not been able to do it this time. It’s about building confidence within the group because you can see that at the moment. It is hard for the guys to take control of their games. We haven’t had that belief to allow us to build the confidence, which is the trickiest thing so far.”

Virat Kohli has bemoaned the lack of fighting ability in the Royal Challengers Bangalore team. ( BCCI )

Skipper Virat Kohli has bemoaned the lack of intent among the RCB players and Saturday’s batting performance was another example despite the bowlers doing a decent job.

Although RCB’s IPL 10 campaign is almost over, Vettori refrained from doing any post-mortem of the performances. “It’s not the time yet to assess the campaign. We still have four games left. It will be important for the pride of the franchise. Before we gather ourselves, we have a pretty tough schedule with four games in nine days,” said the former New Zealand captain.

RCB’s batting meltdown

RCB boasts of one of the best batting line-ups but their capitulation in this IPL has been stunning.

“Last season we had a different batting line-up with the likes of KL Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan (both are injured). We had a number of other guys who underperformed, which we didn’t expect of them. Virat has led us exceptionally well with his captaincy, with his batting. He’s been the lone light. So, the group knows where we are not performing and we need to rectify it in our next few games,” added Vettori.

First Published: Apr 29, 2017 22:40 IST