6 out of 6: Royal Challengers Bangalore touch new low in Indian Premier League

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore have had a disastrous campaign in the 2019 Indian Premier League. They have now lost all their six matches this season and are only the second team in IPL history to get off to such a horrid start. In 2013, Delhi Capitals (then Daredevils) had also lost their first six matches and managed to win only 3 out of their next 10 games.In fact, this is also RCB’s worst-ever losing streak in the IPL. They have now lost 7 successive matches including 6 this season. They had won their last match of the 2018 Indian Premier League from May 19, 2018 to April 7, 2019.On May 19, 2018, RCB had lost to Rajasthan Royals won by 30 runs.Virat Kohli had taken over as RCB captain in 2013 and much was expected from him. In his first year as RCB skipper, RCB finished 5th. Next year, RCB won only 5 out of their 14 matches and finished 7th.Things started looking up in 2015. Virat Kohli hit 505 runs and RCB even made it to the knockout stage.In IPL 2016, Virat Kohli took the world by storm and hammered 973 runs including 4 hundreds as RCB bounced back from a sluggish start to storm into the final. But it all went downhill in 2017 when Kohli missed the first four matches to recover from a shoulder injury. RCB never really got going and finished the 2017 IPL with 3 wins from 14 matches.It was in 2017 that RCB had last lost 6 matches on-the-trot from April 23 2017 to May 7.RCB fans had genuinely hoped for a better run in 2018 but they were going to be disappointed again. Virat Kohli made 530 runs but RCB still finished 6th with 6 wins.advertisementNothing could have prepared Royal Challengers Bangalore for the shocking start to the 2019 Indian Premier League. They travelled to Chennai to take on the Super Kings, the defending champions. On a slow pitch, Harbhajan Singh ripped RCB apart.Back home in Bengaluru, Kohli felt more confident before taking on Mumbai Indians but the hosts lost a thriller despite heroics from the captain and AB de Villiers. In Hyderabad, Jonny Bairstow and David Warner blasted hundreds as RCB crashed to a 118-run defeat.RCB moved out of South India for the first time in the 2019 IPL and flew to Jaipur but similar fate awaited them there. Shreyas Gopal picked the wickets of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shimron Hetmyer and Rajasthan Royals won by 7 wickets.Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers went ballistic against Kolkata Knight Riders in Bengaluru and they dominated the game for the most part until Andre Russell smashed 7 sixes to shock the Royal Challengers.On Saturday, Delhi Capitals did not give RCB any breathing space and eased away to a 4-wicket win despite a late collapse.Also Read | Have nothing more to tell the team: Virat Kohli after RCB lose again in IPL 2019last_img

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