It was yet another disappointing season for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as they finished last on the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 points table. The Virat Kohli-led side lost first six of their matches consecutively. They did manage to secure some wins in the later half of the tournament but eventually finished at the eight position with 11 points. Out of 14 matches, RCB won only five.
On Monday, RCB’s former co-owner Vijay Mallya reacted sharply to team’s failure and has taken a sly dig at the RCB skipper Virat Kohli. Without naming the Indian talisman, Mallya wrote, “always a great line up but sadly on paper only. Devastated with the wooden spoon,” while quoting Kohli’s message for RCB fans.
Always a great line up but sadly on paper only. Devastated with the wooden spoon. https://t.co/6uYYbXJxVq
— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) May 5, 2019
RCB have never won the IPL trophy and their best finish has been runners-up in 2009, 2011 and 2016 season. Apart from it, in 2010 and 2015, RCB qualified for the playoffs and finished on fourth and third place respectively.
This season, RCB registered wins against Kings XI Punjab (twice), Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Also one of their match against Rajasthan Royals produced no result due to rain at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.
Earlier, Kohli signed off from the IPL 2019 as a satisfied captain, owing to RCB’s performance in the second half of the tournament.
After his side’s final league match, Kohli said, “We won last 5 off our 7 matches and with one no-result, it is something that we can be proud of”.
And a day later, Kohli vowed his franchise, which is yet to get their hands on the IPL trophy, will comeback stronger in the next season.
He also thanked the Bengaluru ground and support staffs for their indispensable contribution, on behalf of the entire team.