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Former India player turned commentator Aakash Chopra has said that there cannot be any complaints about the team selections of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) as they have reached the playoffs for the second consecutive year.
However, RCB won against the Punjab Kings (PBKS) team by six runs on Sunday. They have joined the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the Delhi Capitals (DC), who are the other two teams to have already qualified for the playoffs as well.
RCB v PBKS IPL2021 | Top Takeaways
A clinical performance with the ball under pressure got us the two vital points and sealed a place in the playoffs. Here are the top takeaways from yesterday’s game against PBKS. #PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #IPL2021 pic.twitter.com/J0w9MOxWGt
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) October 4, 2021
While reflecting on RCB’s win against PBKS on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said, “Kohli’s army has once again, yes in two consecutive years, reached the playoffs. Now, no one will turn around and say that their selections are not good, no one will say that their captaincy is not good.”
“The fact is when you do this two consecutive years, that means the ‘C’ in RCB is for consistent because you are consistently doing well. They needed just the one win, that’s exactly what they have done. This team is playing much better than last year, which means the playoff matches can be very interesting,” he continued.
“Small things are falling in place” – Aakash Chopra on RCB’s campaign in IPL 2021
Although RCB are currently in third place in the IPL 2021 points table, they can be in the top two if they manage to win in their two remaining league phase games.
“We might get a first-time winner, there is a possibility, there is Delhi there, there is RCB there. Three teams have qualified and only one team can get the fourth spot and four teams are fighting for it, Aakash Chopra explained.
“I feel they will do magic this year because a lot of small things are falling in their place. It’s always a good sign. This is Kohli’s last tournament as captain of the franchise, we wish him well, he might have the trophy in his hand. They have already qualified, let’s see where they go,” he concluded.