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 five wins in 14 games played in the ongoing 12th edition of the IPL, while one of them has ended without a result. The Bangalore-based franchisee’s IPL 2019 campaign was divided into two halves.
The franchise started off their season in the IPL with six straight losses and despite a few wins in between, that looked like a comeback, they managed to sit on the most bottom position on the points table all season. However, they did manage to end things on a positive note by winning the last game by 4 wickets against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday.
The reality is not quite so simple
During a recent conversation, RCB’s premier overseas batsman AB de Villiers revealed about his experiences of playing with different T20 teams around the globe. “The dismissive adage runs that sporting teams have an outstanding team spirit only when they are winning, and generally fall apart when they are losing. From what I have experienced over the past 15 years, the reality is not quite so simple. Far from being a mere consequence of winning, strong team spirit is an essential ingredient of sporting success; it comes before, not afterwards,” AB de Villiers was quoted as saying by Times of India.
We remain content and together
De Villiers mentioned that the RCB squad has been exceptionally happy group this year despite the results not falling in their favour. He admitted the fact that they have underperformed in the horrific run of six defeats on the trot. The former South African cricketer noted that as a group while training, playing, and travelling, all the time during these two months, they have remained content and together.
“The RCB squad has been an exceptionally happy group this year; our results may have been disappointing, and we underperformed in that horrific run of six successive defeats at the start of the tournament, and yet, as a group of people training, playing, traveling and living side by side for almost two months, we remain content and together,” de Villiers concluded.