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Mahesh Bhupathi thinks that BCCI must ensure the Sale of RCB to bring about a positive transformation for the franchise.

Mahesh Bhupathi

A Crushing Defeat at Home

On April 15, at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) faced a formidable opponent in Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), only to suffer a historic defeat. SRH set a massive IPL record by scoring 287 runs in their 20 overs—the highest total in the tournament’s history. Despite a strong batting performance by stalwarts Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli, and Faf du Plessis, RCB fell short by 25 runs, marking their fifth consecutive loss in the IPL 2024 season.

The defeat not only showcased RCB’s vulnerabilities but also significantly dimmed their hopes of advancing to the playoffs, as every subsequent game now becomes a do-or-die encounter.

Calls for Ownership Change

The aftermath of the loss sparked significant commentary, with Indian tennis legend Mahesh Bhupathi taking to X (formerly Twitter) to express his concern over the team’s management. Bhupathi advocated for the BCCI to facilitate the sale of RCB to a new owner who could revitalize the franchise, emphasizing the need for a rejuvenated approach akin to other successful teams in the league.

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan also weighed in on RCB’s issues, pointing out the team’s inability to translate individual brilliance into collective success. In his appearance on The Ranveer Show on YouTube, Vaughan discussed the importance of team dynamics over individual star power, noting that even with top-tier players like AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, and Glenn Maxwell, RCB has consistently failed to clinch victories. He suggested that the team needs a strategic overhaul to ensure each player’s role is optimized for the team’s overall success.

As RCB looks to regroup and rethink strategies, the calls for a change in ownership and management highlight a pivotal moment for the franchise in its quest for glory. The team’s future, heavily influenced by its ability to address these systemic issues, remains uncertain as the season progresses.

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