“Half Of The Players Don’t Understand English”: Virender Sehwag Blasts RCB’s Foreign Support Staff


Another Indian Premier League (IPL), another disappointing performance from Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Every season, the franchise raises hopes in the hearts of its fans, then breaks their hearts with its poor performances on the field. The 2024 campaign was no different, with RCB suffering 6 defeats in 7 matches and finishing at the bottom of the 10-team points table. As experts try to delve deeper into the RCB machinery, several problems emerge. Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag feels that the biggest issue with RCB is the lack of Indian support staff. (IPL 2024 points table)

“If you have 12-15 Indian players, only 10 are foreigners and your entire staff is made up of foreigners, then that is an issue. Only a few of them are international players, the rest are all Indians and half of them are not even English. Understand. Who spends time with them? There should be at least one Indian staff member who can trust them.”

“Players need a comfort level which they are not getting currently. Players go blank in front of captain Faf du Plessis because if he asks something, he has to answer. If the leader is an Indian, you You can share what's on your mind.” But if you do this with a foreign player, you may have to be out of the playing eleven in the next game. RCB will need at least 2-3 Indian support staff.”

Former India and Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Manoj Tiwary feels RCB's problems have deepened further, with poor recruitment at the auction table being the biggest reason behind their troubles.

“I know where the problem is. From the auction table to the management. All the good players in this franchise go on to play for other teams. One of them is the highest wicket-taker this season.” [Yuzvendra Chahal], You let them go. You do not stick to the captaincy of Virat Kohli. He led them to the 2016 finals. Then today the 4 most expensive players of the franchise, whose collective budget is more than Rs 40 crore, are all out of the bench. Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Alzarri Joseph. Siraj was given rest. So when you are spending so much money and then benching these players, you know where the problem is,” Tiwari said.

“Batting is not a problem. It was always the bowling. They don't have a specialist spinner. You have Will Jack opening the bowling. Sometimes Mahipal Lomror and even some of the captaincy decisions on the field are terrible. Everything is wrong.” From every corner. They need to completely regroup and formulate a long-term plan.”

Although all is not lost for the Bengaluru team, Faf du Plessis's side need a big effort to make the playoffs.

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