The Indian Premier League (IPL) witnessed intense cricket battles and fierce competition throughout the season, culminating in the knockout stages. However, for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), their journey ended abruptly in the Eliminator match against the Gujarat Titans. RCB skipper Faf du Plessis openly admitted that his team did not deserve a place in the semifinals.
Securing fifth place in the league stage with 16 points from 14 matches, RCB fell short of expectations. Faf Du Plessis acknowledged that the team’s inconsistency and lack of performance throughout the tournament contributed to their downfall.
“We were not one of the best teams in the tournament,” du Plessis conceded after the match. “We had our moments, but we were not consistent enough. We did not deserve to be in the semifinals.”
Du Plessis identified RCB’s batting as its primary weakness this season. The team struggled to score runs consistently, often relying heavily on the contributions of Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell to post competitive totals.
“Our batting was not good enough,” du Plessis emphasized. “We lacked the necessary firepower. We needed someone to step up and score big runs, but unfortunately, we did not have that luxury.”
Looking ahead to the next season, du Plessis acknowledged the need for significant changes within the team. RCB must strive for batting consistency and bolster their bowling attack, particularly in the crucial death overs.
“We need to find more consistency in our batting,” du Plessis stressed. “We must improve our bowling attack and identify effective death bowlers.”