If matches were won on trends and stats alone, then every team would leave net practice and focus on them solely. Sometimes, trends do come true. For example, Mumbai Indians have won their three IPL titles every alternate and odd years – 2013, 2015 and 2017. So, going by this trend, Mumbai Indians are set to win IPL 2019.
These trends make cricket interesting and IPL is no exception. A trend doing the rounds is RCB winning the upcoming IPL title.
But first, a brief history on RCB’s bid on IPL title. RCB have been part of three IPL finals and have failed to win a single title yet. They were part of IPL 2009 final, which they lost to Deccan Chargers. They lost IPL 2011 final to Chennai Super Kings. And they once again lost in 2016 IPL final to Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Surprisingly, RCB have lost all the three IPL finals to a south team. RCB skipper Virat Kohli has been part of all the three losing finals. He is the only player in IPL to play for just one team in all the 11 editions so far. But alas, he has failed to grab a single IPL title yet.
But now, a trend shows RCB can be fourth time lucky. Bangalore teams across various sports have won their respective maiden title this season after playing their opening game against a Chennai team.
Bengaluru Bulls won the last edition of Pro Kabbadi League in 2018 after playing their first match in the competition against Tamil Thalaivas. Bengaluru Bulls won a tight final against Gujarat Fortune Gaint 38-33. This was Bengaluru Bulls’ maiden title in Pro Kabbadi League.
Similarly, Bengaluru FC won the Indian Super League title recently by beating Goa 1-0 in the final. Bengaluru FC played their first match against Chennai FC. This was Bengaluru FC’s maiden title in Indian Super League.
Now, over to IPL 2019.
Royal Challengers Bangalore are playing their first match against defending champions Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2019 opener.
So, going by the trend, will RCB go all the way and win their maiden IPL title? Will RCB be fourth time lucky? Will Virat Kohli finally get to lay his hands on IPL trophy after 11 years playing for a single franchise? Will RCB, too like Bengaluru Bulls and Bengaluru FC, win their maiden title in IPL 2019?
If this trend is to be trusted, RCB will hold high the IPL 2019 trophy on May 12 in Chennai.