India & Royal Challengers Bengaluru captain Virat Kohli has expressed that his Indian Premier League team deserves to win the prestigious title. After playing in 3 finals & as many semi-finals, the elusive title still seems like a distant dream for the Silicon City boys. He said so during the Instagram live chat with former RCB teammate & England captain Kevin Pietersen.
Royal Challengers Bangalore is one of the three franchises that have never won a single season of the cash-rich league. Interestingly, they reached three finals back in 2009, 2011 and 2016. But, the Bangalore franchise ended up losing on all three occasions. Moreover, the last three seasons have emerged as a disaster for RCB because they ended up on the last position in 2017 and 2019 whereas on 6th position in 2018.
Kohli said, “When you have some of the biggest names to play for RCB, obviously there’s going to be much more attention on the team. Even with this team — myself, AB (de Villiers) and (Chris) Gayle has played recently for us as well — we’re always going to be more in focus. We’ve spoken about it. We’ve reached three finals … but those things are irrelevant till the time you don’t win that title. Even when we’ve had the best team, we’ve just not been able to do it. That’s one of our main goals. We deserve to win the title”. He added, “You go after something so badly, and it keeps running away from you. It has just that added pressure in recent years. We’ve just thought, ‘this is the season, this is the season’, and that’s blown us all over the place. I think we need to get that joy back”.
RCB will again be in focus for clinching their maiden IPL title in the upcoming edition of the tournament. Although the tournament itself has come under the cloud of uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic.