‘Only 3 players caught attention’: Chris Gayle’s red-hot RCB reveal | cricket
One of the most popular teams in the Indian Premier League, RCB was very unlucky not to have won an IPL title. The franchise also finished second three times between 2009 and 2016. As one of the founding members of the IPL, RCB has signed some of the best players in the world, ranging from Virat Kohli to AB de Villiers, but there have always been some issues with the team that have prevented them from winning a title.
The 2023 IPL is set to begin on March 31, with defending champions Gujarat Titans taking on Chennai Super Kings in the season opener. Meanwhile, RCB will open their campaign against Mumbai Indians on April 2 at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
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Ahead of the upcoming 2023 IPL season, RCB legend Chris Gayle revealed the reason the franchise couldn’t improve on its runners-up finishes. Speaking on JioCinema, Gayle explained that the other cricketers in the franchise, apart from three older players, never received any attention, leading to a feeling of being left out. “You know, sometimes being one of the main players, the captain. I’m always in my own zone. From what I understand, when it comes from an RCB point of view, a lot of players felt left out. A lot of players didn’t have that. I didn’t have that feeling that they are part of the franchise. It was only three players that got all the attention, me, Virat and AB. So many players are mentally nowhere in the team. So it’s always going to be a challenge to win a title,” Gayle said.
The former West Indies cricketer represented RCB from 2011 to 2017. Last season, RCB finished fourth in the league stage with eight wins and six losses. After defeating Lucknow Super Giants in their first playoff game, they lost to Rajasthan Royals in their last playoff game and failed to secure a place in the finals.