IPL 2021: Kevin Pietersen warns Virat Kohli over Bangalore’s chances

Kevin Pietersen does not expect Royal Challengers Bangalore to win the Indian Premier League (Pictures: Getty)

Kevin Pietersen does not expect Royal Challengers Bangalore to end their wait for an Indian Premier League title this year and has questioned why the franchise signed Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell at the last auction

RCB have never won the IPL – finishing as runners-up in 2009, 2011 and 2016 – despite having Virat Kohli as their captain and AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle as long-term players.

Bangalore released the likes of Aaron Finch, Dale Steyn, Chris Morris and Moeen Ali ahead of the IPL 2021 auction and then spent £1.4m to sign Australia international Maxwell.

Maxwell has shown glimpses of brilliance for Australia and his IPL teams but Pietersen ‘struggles to see’ why Bangalore signed him and says they should have added another overseas bowler to their ranks instead.

‘RCB will always be a massive talking point because they have Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers but have never won the IPL,’ Pietersen told Betway. ‘Unfortunately, I don’t see why things will be any different for them this year.

‘They’ve got a fantastic batting line-up, we know that. Kohli is obviously world-class, Devdutt Padikkal is a very exciting opening batsman, and AB de Villiers – though he hasn’t played any cricket since the last competition – is such a class player.

‘So I’m struggling to understand why they have made spent so much money on Glenn Maxwell, who is yet another middle-order batsman.

‘When you’ve got those players already, do you need another guy? You’ve only got 20 overs to bat. That is a decision that Mike Hesson and RCB will have to front up over if things don’t go to plan.

‘It feels like they are too top-heavy and should have focused their recruitment more on supplementing the Kyle Jamieson signing.’

Bangalore made a winning start to their IPL 2021 campaign, beating reigning champions Mumbai Indians by two wickets in a final-ball thriller in Chennai on Friday.

New signing and New Zealand star Kyle Jamieson impressed with the ball, taking 1-27 from four overs to help restrict Mumbai to 159-9.

De Villiers then scored 48 and Maxwell 39 Bangalore clinched victory off the final ball of the match.

Royal Challengers Bangalore return to action on Wednesday against Sunrisers Hyderabad, while Mumbai Indians will look to seal their first victory on Tuesday against Kolkata Knight Riders.

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