Gujarat Titans defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in their final league game of IPL 2023 on May 21 which led to RCB’s elimination from the tournament. RCB skipper Faf du Plessis has now admitted the fact that his side didn’t deserve to be in the top 4 as they failed to perform as a unit.
Royal Challengers Bangalore had won 7 out of their first 13 games and had 14 points against their name. They needed to defeat Gujarat Titans in their final league game to book a slot for the IPL 2023 playoffs but couldn’t do so.
“I am so disappointed that our season ends there. If we take a hard look at ourselves, we’ll be honest in saying that we weren’t one of the best teams in the competition,” Faf du Plessis said in a post-match video posted by RCB on May 22.
We were lucky in IPL 2023: Faf du Plessis
“We were lucky that there were some really good performances throughout the season but, as a whole (and) as a team, we probably don’t deserve to be in the semifinal, if you look at the period of 15-14 games,” the RCB skipper discussed about his team’s performance in IPL 2023.
Consistency shown by the top 3 batters was remarkable: Faf du Plessis
“It (defeat) still hurts. I mean, we tried really hard tonight (Sunday) and unfortunately just fell short. Looking at some real positives in the form of Maxi (Glenn Maxwell) this year, the partnerships we had between myself and Virat (Kohli)… a 50-run partnership in probably every game, the consistency was remarkable,“ Faf commented about the top 3 RCB batters.
“(Pacer Mohammed) Siraj had a great campaign, so some really, really high positives and some areas in the game where we were consistently not great, I think,” Faf du Plessis praised Mohammed Siraj.
Royal Challengers Bangalore had posted a massive total of 197-5 against Gujarat Titans courtesy of a brilliant ton by star batter Virat Kohli. However, they failed to defend the total as GT batter Shubman Gill smashed a hundred too allowing his team to chase down the total in 19.1 overs.
Throughout the IPL 2023 tournament, RCB lacked consistency as a unit as they over-relied on a few players. Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Siraj and skipper Faf du Plessis himself had a great season but they didn’t get enough support from other players leading to their early elimination from IPL 2023.