Most Unlucky Team in IPL

Published on: Mar 7, 2023 10:44 am IST|Updated on: Mar 7, 2023 10:45 am IST

most unlucky team in ipl

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the most popular cricket leagues in the world, where top cricket players from around the world compete against each other. The league has been running since 2008, and over the years, we have seen some teams rise to the top and some fall behind.

Most Unlucky Team in IPL

While some teams have been able to consistently perform well in the tournament, there are others who have been unlucky and failed to make an impact despite their best efforts. In this blog, we will discuss the most unlucky team in IPL history.

The team that comes to mind when we talk about being unlucky in the IPL is the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). RCB is one of the most popular teams in the tournament, with a huge fan following across the globe. However, despite having a star-studded lineup with some of the best T20 players in the world, RCB has failed to win the IPL trophy even once.

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RCB has been a part of the IPL since the tournament’s inception in 2008 and has played in three IPL finals. However, they have never been able to cross the final hurdle and win the trophy. In fact, RCB has been on the receiving end of some of the most heart-breaking losses in IPL history.

One such instance was in the 2016 IPL final against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). RCB had a formidable batting lineup, with the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Chris Gayle in their ranks. They had reached the final after winning seven out of their last eight matches and were considered the favorites to win the title.

However, things did not go as planned for RCB as they lost the toss and were asked to bowl first. SRH put up a challenging total of 208 runs on the board, which was always going to be a tough target to chase. RCB’s top order failed to fire, and they lost their first three wickets with just 38 runs on the board.

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It was then up to Kohli and de Villiers to resurrect the innings, and they did so in style. The duo put on a record-breaking 229-run partnership for the fourth wicket, with Kohli scoring 109 runs and de Villiers scoring 129 runs. However, despite their heroics, RCB fell short by 8 runs, and SRH won the match and the IPL trophy.

Another instance of RCB’s bad luck was in the 2019 IPL, where they came close to qualifying for the playoffs but missed out due to their net run rate. RCB had won their last four matches of the tournament, which included a win against the table-toppers Chennai Super Kings (CSK). However, despite their winning streak, they finished in 8th place on the points table with 11 points, the same as the 7th placed team, the Rajasthan Royals (RR).

RCB had a net run rate of -0.607, which was slightly lower than RR’s net run rate of -0.449. If RCB had won one of their earlier matches by a bigger margin, they would have qualified for the playoffs. However, their failure to do so cost them dearly, and they missed out on the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

RCB’s bad luck has continued in the 2020 and 2021 IPL seasons, where they finished in 4th and 3rd place respectively, but failed to make it to the final. They were knocked out in the eliminator and qualifier matches, which were close contests that could have gone either way.

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