After Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) fell by nine wickets to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Monday, Virat Kohli reckoned it was an ideal wake-up call for the team that won five of their seven matches in India. He also spoke about an error in judgment by RCB.
The 32-year-old stated that his team did not expect the spray factor to come into play early in the game and opted to hit first for the same reason. The right-hander, who had 5 runs of 4 balls in the game, also lamented the absence of good batting associations during team innings.
“It was important to get a good association. We did not expect so much dew to come in so soon. From 42 to 1, we lost 5 wickets to 20-something. A wake-up call, it could well have this at the beginning of the second stage so that we know in what We must work. You can argue that we were rusty, but as professionals, you are expected to show up and adjust. Sometimes it can take you one game, hope not two, to enter the tournament you have to keep the eight ball, if not, the other teams will be on top of you. We have five victories out of eight, we expect a defeat here and there, it is part and parcel, we need to be professionals, stick to our strengths and execute our plans. We have absolute confidence in our team to advance in the next game and perform well, “Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Additionally, Virat Kohli praised the mysterious spinner Varun Chakravarthy, who started three wickets for 13 races, for his stellar performance. Notably, the 30-year-old is also part of the India T20 World Cup team.
“Varun’s pretty good, he’s going to be a key factor when he plays for India. They’re great guys who have the opportunity to play internationally. He’s someone who’s going to play for India in the near future, it’s a great sign.”
Previously, RCB fell miserably after winning the toss and choosing to hit first. Virat Kohli hit a beautiful boundary before getting caught in front of stumps in a Prasidh Krishna delivery. Devdutt Padikkal (22) and Srikar Bharat (16) forged a partnership of mini 31 races, but once the former was gone, things went south for the Bengaluru-based team.
Andre Russell and Varun Chakravarthy cut through RCB’s batting lineup and pitched them for 92 in 19 overs.
KKR starters Shubman Gill (48) and Venkatesh Iyer (41) added salt to RCB’s wound by stitching together an 82-run dominant pair. Shubman may have missed the cut on India’s T20 World Cup squad, but he played impressive cricket shots to make his presence felt at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Playing in his debut match, the 26-year-old Iyer also impressed and finished the match with a limit against Yuzvendra Chahal.