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IPL 2017: Virat Kohli says Royal Challengers Bangalore out of race for playoffs

The Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore have won twice, lost seven times and have had a no result in the 2017 Indian Premier League so far.

ipl 2017 Updated: May 11, 2017 20:46 IST
Virat Kohli is the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore. The team reached the final of the Indian Premier League in 2016.
Virat Kohli is the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore. The team reached the final of the Indian Premier League in 2016.(AFP)

Having won only two out of the 10 games they have played so far in the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL), captain Virat Kohli said that Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are not in the race for the playoffs.

The team finished runners-up to Sunrisers Hyderabad last season but have been a pale shadow of themselves this year with three losses and a no result in their last four games.

Conceding that RCB are out of the race, courtesy another pathetic batting display, Kohli said the team can only learn from such experiences.

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“It’s for everyone to see we lost that game (against Rising Pune Supergiant on Saturday). It’s hard for a captain to stand here and speak after a performance like this,” Kohli said after his side was restricted to 96/9 in their response to Pune’s 157/3.

“But we have got to learn and move on from these kind of experiences. We lost the game rather than them winning it. We are pretty much not in the race for the play-offs. All we can do is enjoy the four remaining games.”

The Bangalore-based outfit next take on Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday.

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The 28-year-old Kohli said there could be multiple reasons for the batting debacle.

“It could be a few reasons; expectations, people looking at us as a good batting side that made the playoffs last year. I can’t really pinpoint something -- could be hesitation to get out, to get runs,” he said.

(With inputs from IANS)