One more Indian Premier League (IPL) season is nearing its fag end and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchisee once again finds itself in a miserable situation. In what has been another disappointing season, the Virat Kohli-led team has only managed to record four wins in eight games played thus far in the ongoing 12th edition of the IPL. After witnessing this massive drubbing, RCB head coach Gary Kirsten has admitted the need to make some “structural changes” within the side in order to change the fortunes.
Ahead of the their last game of the season scheduled later in the day against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Gary Kirsten revealed that many of the cricketing experts were actually backing RCB to qualify for the playoffs. Kirsten mentioned that there are some structural changes which surely need to be made to turn things around. The former South African cricketer had joined the RCB camp first as a batting coach last year and then took over as the head coach this year after previous head coach Daniel Vettori stepped down before the start of IPL 2019.
"When you look at the beginning before IPL starts and you look at every team, I think some of the experts were saying that we were going to get into the playoffs. There are some structural changes that need to be made that have maybe been around for quite a long time. This is my first year as the head coach, so I've got a better understanding of what those are. We'll certainly discuss with our owners and look into that for next year,” said Gary Kirsten on the eve of the game against SRH.
There are no quick fixes in IPL
Kirsten further mentioned that things move quite rapidly in a tournament such as the IPL as there are no quick fixes in it. There have been many instances when the players have returned to their old franchisees in the next IPL season and that is the core group which the RCB team are searching for quite a while now.
"Unfortunately there are no quick fixes in IPL, you need to move as quickly as you can to get the results you're looking for. And sometimes when you're making quite a lot of shifts around, it takes time. I've always been a fan of - as I'm sure all the coaches are in this IPL - continuity. You want to try and build your core of players and build a culture where you can keep coming back to the same players. I think the most successful franchises in IPL have done that. We're searching for that in RCB,” Kirsten added.
The struggles are bound to come after a bad start
RCB lost six games on the trot in this edition of the tournament. However, the 2016 finalists then made an excellent comeback by winning three matches in a row, before eventually getting knocked out of the competition with the loss against Delhi Capitals (DC). "It's been a disappointing season. Obviously we would have liked to have had better results. I've been very encouraged with the second half of the season, since we only got two points in the first half.”
“But we've won four of our last seven games, and one of them was a rained-out game. So that's kind of back to the kind of consistency you need. We started to really get things going in the second half, but unfortunately, in IPL if you have a bad start you're always going to be struggling," the RCB head coach concluded.