Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were knocked out of the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) on Saturday May 27 after suffering a seven-wicket defeat to Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. RCB reached the playoffs for the third straight time this season but failed to qualify for the final once again as they lost in the second round to the Royals.
Jos Buttler was the hero with the bat for the Royals as he slammed a stunning century to propel his side to a comprehensive victory over the RCB. Faf du Plessis & Co. had posted a total of 157 points on the board beating first in the second qualifier, but lost the must-win encounter after failing to defend the total.
While RCB’s wait for their maiden IPL title was extended following their loss to the Royals, it was still a great season for the side managed by Du Plessis as they qualified for the playoffs for the third consecutive season and played phenomenal cricket. RCB were also not heavily reliant on their front three of Faf, Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell, as some of the youngsters also impressed for the side.
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Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has given his verdict on RCB’s IPL 2022 campaign and called Du Plessis a better leader than Kohli, who left the captaincy last season. Manjrekar also felt that RCB should have won the title this year but thinks the loss will help them close the gaping holes in their team.
“RCB had a slightly better season. Good things happened. Faf du Plessis seemed like a better leader than Virat Kohli. But more is expected of them. Having come this far, they should have won. They will know exactly what went wrong and what stopped them from winning gold instead of bronze,” Manjrekar said on ESPNCricinfo.
“A lot of credit around the bowling unit has to go to Faf. That’s where we see the captain at his best. More often than not he got it right. He started the season well with the bat, but, like many other players, he too had a split season. Still, he is the right option to continue as captain, in my opinion.”