RCB's Woes Continue as Bhupathi Calls for Franchise Sale

RCB's Woes Continue as Bhupathi Calls for Franchise Sale

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) endured a dismal outing on Monday, conceding a record-breaking 287 runs to SunRisers Hyderabad at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Despite valiant efforts from Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli, and Faf du Plessis, RCB fell short by 25 runs, marking their fifth consecutive loss in IPL 2024.

The defeat further jeopardizes RCB's playoff hopes, as they languish at the bottom of the 10-team standings. RCB is one of three teams, along with Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings, to have played in the IPL since its inception in 2008 without ever winning the tournament.

In the wake of RCB's latest setback, Indian tennis legend Mahesh Bhupathi expressed his frustration on social media, calling for the BCCI to enforce the sale of the franchise to a new owner. "For the sake of the Sport, the IPL, the fans, and even the players, I think BCCI needs to enforce the Sale of RCB to a New owner who will care to build a sports franchise the way most of the other teams have done so," Bhupathi tweeted.

Bhupathi's comments echo those of former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan, who recently questioned RCB's inability to perform despite boasting a star-studded lineup. "What I like about the fact the RCB have never won is it proves to me that team sport is not just about individuals," Vaughan said. "You can go and buy all the biggest individual names and put them into a team but it doesn't mean you're going to win."

Vaughan believes that RCB's struggles stem from a lack of team cohesion and a failure to identify specific roles for each player. "They've signed some incredible players - AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Faf - unbelievable players," he said. "But it tells you unless you get the whole team operating and every single play knowing the roles and identifying different roles for different people, I don't see the RCBs doing that."

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