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'This Is Why They Have Not Won IPL': Ex-CSK Star Reveals Reason Behind RCB's Failures

RCB's top order faltered yet again in a crucial run chase (IPLT20.com)RCB's top order faltered yet again in a crucial run chase (IPLT20.com)

Looking at Royal Challengers Bengaluru's (RCB) persistent struggle in the Indian Premier League (IPL), former cricketing star Ambati Rayudu has pinpointed their failure to clinch the coveted title to substandard bowling performances and the underwhelming showings of their star-studded batting lineup during crucial moments.

This critical analysis came in the wake of RCB's latest defeat against Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL 2024 league encounter held in Bengaluru on Tuesday, where RCB fell short by 28 runs in chasing a 182-run target.

The match, which saw the Lucknow Super Giants ascend to the fourth spot in the points table, highlighted the familiar woes of RCB.

Rayudu lambasts RCB

According to Rayudu, during a discussion on Star Sports, the Achilles' heel for the Bengaluru outfit has been their bowlers' tendency to hemorrhage runs and their marquee batters' disappearing act when the chips are down.

"I feel their bowling always gives over-par runs and batting performs under par. No big-name batter is seen playing for RCB when they are under pressure. Such teams never win. This is why they have not won the IPL for so many years," said Rayudu.

Rayudu further lamented the imbalance in the batting order, where the heavy lifting is frequently left to the younger players and seasoned campaigner Dinesh Karthik, particularly during the tense phases of a game.

He criticized the top-order stars for not standing their ground, saying they depart early, having had their fill, leaving the youngsters and Karthik to steer through the storm.

"All young players keep playing down the order and the big-name players go at the top and leave after eating the cake over the cream. If you see, who were the batters batting under pressure - your young Indian batters and Dinesh Karthik," added the former CSK star.

The Tuesday's match was proof of Rayudu's observations, as RCB found themselves in a dismal position at 58/4 in the 7.4 overs, losing key players like Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell, and Cameron Green early in their innings.

Despite a valiant effort from Mahipal Lomror, who blazed a 13-ball 33, and a steady 29 from Rajat Patidar, RCB couldn't overcome the deficit, highlighting once again the recurring theme of dependency on their unseasoned batters in crunch situations.