Indian T20 League is about to begin and the fans can’t keep calm! From the season one, we have witnessed some of the trends which are not changing. Today, we are talking about two of the most remarkable sides of the league Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Do you their trends which are not changing? No? Let’s get familiar:
Mumbai Indians: The Poor Starters
Though Mumbai Indians have won the title thrice, the beginning have never been good for them. There were numerous occasions when they were so lucky in the Qualifiers and Eliminator, which helped them advanced through the finals. MI would like to change this routine which can help them reach playoffs easily.
In 2008 season, they lost their first four games and then came back strongly. Due to their weak performance, they couldn’t be able to qualify for the playoffs. The same scenario was there in 2009 where they won just 5 games out of 14. In 2014 IPL, they lost their first 5 games and then started winning from their onward. They finally made it to the playoffs after beating Rajasthan in a nail-biter.
2015 IPL which was MI’s second title was initially not going in their favour. They lost four back-to-back games in the beginning and finally won their first match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Overall, MI are not a good starter and could be in trouble this time if they won’t do something about this.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: The Chokers
Just like South Africa, Royal Challengers are also known as the ‘Chokers of IPL.’ They will play brilliantly and then lost that game. They will score 200 and would end the match on a losing side. Royal Challengers Bangalore have the record of scoring the highest total and the lowest total too. You can always expect some unimaginable stuff from this side, which would most probably be against them.
In 2016 IPL final, Sunrisers Hyderabad gave them a target of 209 in 20 overs. They were set to achieve that with some dramatic display by Kohli and Gayle but were unable to win the title in the end. They scored 114 in the first 63 balls and were required 95 off the next 57. Looked like they will get it this time but as they say ‘Chokers’ can be ‘Chokers’ always. Their middle-order flopped completely and they eventually lost the battle and IPL trophy. If they would like to do some good this time; this needs to be stopped by them! Let’s see what they will do in this season.
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