The Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has witnessed a dismal run thus far in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). They have conceded six straight losses in the tournament and have now equaled Delhi Capitals’ record of most consecutive losses at the start of the season. They now have to win all their remaining eight games in order to qualify for the knockout stage.
Gavaskar comes up with a surprising discussion on RCB’s miserable state
Virat Kohli has been very much distraught after witnessing the downfall of his side. However, former Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar feels that if RCB fail to qualify for the playoffs, it will benefit Indian cricket with respect to the 2019 World Cup. In his recent column for Mid-Day, Gavaskar mentioned that RCB’s failure to advance through the playoffs will work as a blessing in disguise for Indian cricket. He noted that the failure will give Indian captain, Virat Kohli an additional week-off before the 2019 World Cup.
“If RCB don’t qualify, as seems likely as of now, then it could well be a blessing in disguise for Indian cricket. Firstly, it will mean a week off for the Indian skipper to recharge his batteries for the ICC World Cup 2019 and from a superstitious point of view, it could mean that all the luck that he didn’t have in the IPL has been kept for the World Cup,” wrote Sunil Gavaskar in his recent column for Mid-Day.
That is what India wants
Gavaskar further wrote that the importance of the 50-overs World Cup is much bigger than the IPL. He cited the example that the IPL happens every year, but the mega event arrives after four long years. Thus, Gavaskar noted that winning the World Cup is far more important.
“That is what India wants, for the World Cup comes every four years while the IPL is every and so winning the World Cup is far more important that winning the IPL this year,” Gavaskar furthered in his column.