‘This is the same story for 16 years’: Former India batter slams RCB stars | Cricket News

Apr3,2024



New Delhi: Former Indian batsman Ambati Rayudu It turns out that Royal Challengers BangaloreThe inability to secure the IPL title stems from the consistent poor performance of higher-paid international stars, with the burden falling on the junior players.
Rayudu, a multiple-time IPL champion with Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, avoided naming any individual but hinted at the trio. Virat Kohli, Glen Maxwell, and Faf du Plessis. In the current IPL season, RCB has lost two out of three matches. Despite Kohli scoring 203 runs at a strike rate of over 140, his performance in the powerplay has been lackluster.
Du Plessis has scored only 65 runs in four matches, while Maxwell's contribution is only 31 runs in the same number of matches.
“RCB bowlers always give more runs than usual and their batting unit performs poorly,” Rayudu told Star Sports after RCB lost to LSG on Tuesday.
“Who is batting in pressure situations? The young Indian batsmen and Dinesh Karthik. The big international names, who should handle the pressure, where are they? Everyone is back in the dressing room,” Rayudu said.
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He was referring to Mahipal Lomror, who has come in as an impact sub in a few matches and scored at a strike-rate of over 230, and Karthik, whose cameo was crucial in the only win of the season so far against Punjab Kings. Used to play a role.
Rayudu called it a convenient option for senior batsmen who are consuming all the overs in the powerplay, where runs are easier to score with field restrictions.
“Sixteen years on. It's the same story with RCB, when the pressure is on, none of the big names stand up. All the young players are playing at the back-end and all the big players are batting at the top of the order and they are hitting. They are the cream from the cake and that is why this team has never won the IPL,” said the 38-year-old firebrand batsman, who played 55 ODIs and six T20Is for India between 2013 and 2019.
(With PTI inputs)



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