Dale Steyn of Deccan Chargers after Chris Gayle's wicket during 5th edition of IPL against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal. (HT Photo/Ashok Nath Dey)
A disappointed Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli on Monday blamed poor shot selection by his batsmen and his dismissal at a crucial stage for his side's nine-run loss to Deccan Chargers to exit from the Indian Premier League.
"My wicket changed the whole scenario of the match. We were easily poised at that stage as we needed 30 runs off 25 balls. I think we made lots of mistakes today. We should have played much better cricket shots. We could have been much more smarter today. But that's how you learn after making mistakes," Kohli told reporters at the post-match press conference.
"I thought I could finish it off for my team. I executed the shot pretty, but that went to hand. If it had gone to the gap, we could have won the game. But that's Twenty20 cricket. I don't think we played the right kind of shots. We should have made better decisions while batting on such wicket. We could have got in more and tried to take chances towards the end," he added.
Kohli said that the Chargers had nothing to lose as they were already out of the tournament and they played free cricket and bowled in good areas.
He rued the lack of partnerships in today's match.
"Apart from small partnership between me and Saurabh Tiwary we could not build any sort of partnership. In T20 small partnerships are needed which did not happen today," Kohli said.
On Gayle getting out cheaply today, Kohli said, "He (Chris Gayle) is always a big player for us but the other players are also ready to step up as well. But unfortunately that did not happen today.
Asked if there was any lack of intensity among his players after the start given by Gayle, Kohli said he did not think that way.
"It was not so. I had told the guys to be positive and play the way they want and not to be complacent at all. We were batting brilliantly throughout the tournament as a team but it is one of those days people getting beaten on straight balls and balls which they smash out of the grounds but today things did not go right for us.
"As far as batting is concerned things did not go our way, but we bowled and fielded very well and played good cricket till 70 per cent of the game but suffered in three-four overs," he said.
"You cannot smash at everything. You need to analyse and when you lose wickets you need to stretch towards the end and need some sort of partnership. Thirty runs off 25 balls was very much gettable in T20 cricket."
Kohli praised the opposition team's pace spearhead Dale Steyn and said, "He bowled amazingly well. He is always one guy against whom one needs to be cautious and target other bowlers.
Though his team is out of IPL, Kohli felt that this season saw the best competition.
"It's probably the best IPL so far and really competitive and till this game it was not decided who's going to make it to the play-offs. Unfortunately we were out because of net run rate. I don't think we played bad cricket; feels very bad," he said.
"But as a tournament, IPL has been brilliant this year. As it gets more competitive, it brings more quality out of the players," Kohli added.