Legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara said Royal Challengers Bangalore should realise their over-reliance on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers and try and change it in the near future if they are to consistently perform well in the Indian Premier League.
Brian Lara pointed out that RCB played some good cricket but their inconsistency hurt them at IPL 2020. RCB were the first side to bowl out from the play-offs after they lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator on Thursday.
"They (RCB) played very good cricket, sometimes a little bit inconsistent. They did not finish in the top 2 when they had that opportunity. I think what they have to do is just assess the situation and realise the reliance on over-reliance on Kohli and AB de Villiers has to change, moving forward," Lara told Star Sports.
Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee backed Brian Lara's comments, saying RCB need to have a better structure around Kohli and de Villiers and understand that they can't be over-reliant on the two superstar batsmen.
"I think they relied too heavily on their big guns. When you look at Virat Kohli, the captain and ABD, two massive players in their line-up. But I think they need a bit of structure around them. Everyone fails in T20 cricket, that happens.
"I think they need to get the younger players to come up. Devdutt Padikkal is definitely a player for the future," Lee said.
Lara sees positives in RCB's IPL 2020 campaign
As Lara and Lee point out, RCB have once again relied on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers for match-winning knocks, time and again. While young opener Devdutt Padikkal showed a lot of class early on, his form tapered off.
Padikkal top-scored for RCB with 473 runs while Kohli and de Villiers finished in the top 10 of the run-scorers charts with 466 and 454 runs, respectively. Barring the 3 batsmen, RCB have no one else in the top 25.
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were under a lot of pressure as their top-order and lower-middle order began misfiring as they went on to lose 5 on the trot and crash out of the tournament.
Brian Lara though pointed out that it's a positive for RCB that they made the play-offs in IPL 2020 after a few bad seasons and they can build on from hereon.
"Disappointment yes, but they haven't been in this position for some years so they got to this position and maybe build from here," Lara said.