Reds, never really got going
A fortnight of hunt for the CLT20 cup ended in the rainbow nation for the men in red as they lost to IPL champions Chennai Super Kings.
RCB's hunt to climb the podium in T20 format remained a dream again. Rain wrecked split innings, seasons match winners injured, short of bowling options, and rather all possible things went wrong for the Royal Challengers in the penultimate match.
A preseason strategy, retention of the best foreign players wasn’t enough at all, with the CSK snubbing RCB in the semifinals. The Reds lost by a huge margin to the eternal foe. Raina was solid in his shots and the Challengers just didn't have enough time to come together yet.
Spade a spade way, we never looked like a bunch of boys out there to win through out the tournament. Except the convincing victory over the minnows Guyana in the opening match, we just looked ordinary apart from couple of exceptional performances from Virat Kohli and as usual fort holding exercise by the wall, which ensured us a semifinals berth. CSK were true to their name, they were very efficient in offence, scoring runs as freely as one can and further gave the most threatening bowling attack much needed cushion to rock in.
The absecnce of Jaques Kallis was so evident on the field, and as though not enough, Steyn and Kohli pulling out stunning catches to injure themselves, was the last thing that could have happened to a team. With Steyn injured, his quota was up for sale and there was no match for Raina's bid. The Challengers didn't adjust to the pace of the game, with Superkings bowlers forcing them to make hasty shots for chasing the tall number.
The blame is not on any individual for the loss, rather the whole team should take the blame and seriously rethink on the roles and responsibilities, and justice undone, think what next. With just a little more than a month for the fresh auctions, perhaps enough time to let the loss soak in and look ahead, in bidding and building a winning combination.
I don't want to get ahead of myself, but just remember that as we fail again to make it to the finals, fans have much more to worry about than just capturing their first championship.
IN RCB, WE STILL TRUST.