If RCB And Virat Kohli Win, It Will Be The Biggest Moment In IPL History, Says Irfan Pathan
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- Bangalore qualified for the playoffs last season.
- RCB qualified for the finals in 2009, 2011 and 2016.
- Irfan Pathan backed Bangalore to perform well in IPL 2024.
Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan has said that if the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Virat Kohli win the title in IPL 2024, it will be the biggest moment in the tournament's history. In 2009, 2011 and 2016, Bangalore made their way through to the finals but lost to now-defunct Deccan Chargers, the Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
At the 2009 player auction, Bangalore signed up Kevin Pietersen for a record sum of US$1.55 million, making him the joint costliest player. They traded Zaheer Khan for Robin Uthappa with the Mumbai Indians.
Bangalore qualified for the main event of the 2011 Champions League T20 as they finished runners-up in IPL 2011, this made the Challengers the first and only team ever to play in all the three seasons of the tournament.
“I have never seen a franchise-fan relationship like RCB and their fans. They have the most loyal fanbase in the entire world. They haven't won a single trophy. They came close a couple of times to winning that trophy,” Pathan said while speaking on Star Sports.
The former Indian cricketer said that Bangalore had a great opportunity to win in 2016 when Kohli set the record for most runs in a single edition of the T20 tournament. In 16 games, the then Bangalore captain scored 973 runs at a stunning average of 81.
Bangalore went close to beating Hyderabad in the final before losing the game by eight runs in Bengaluru. After being asked to chase down a stiff target of 209, Bangalore finished with 200/7.
Pathan said that if Bangalore manage to win IPL 2024, it will be the biggest moment in the history of the league.
“2016 was a very special season for him and RCB. I thought that was the year to win. If Virat Kohli and RCB win the title, that will be the biggest moment of IPL history, not just RCB history,” Pathan said.