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Royal Challengers Bangalore players a ‘fearful’ lot now, says Virat Kohli

With just five points from 10 matches, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s chances of qualification for the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs are all but over and Virat Kohli admitted that it had a lot to do with the lack of intent on part of his players

ipl-2017 Updated: May 11, 2017 20:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli reacts in dejection after the fall of a wicket during the match against Rising Pune Supergiant in Pune on Saturday.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli reacts in dejection after the fall of a wicket during the match against Rising Pune Supergiant in Pune on Saturday.(AFP)

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli lambasted his teammates on Saturday for the shoddy performance once again as his side lost their seventh game in 10 matches to virtually end their chances of qualification for the play-off stages of the 2017 Indian Premier League. (Match highlights)

“I think it’s for everyone to see we lost that game,” said Virat Kohli in the post-match presentation ceremony. “It’s hard for a captain to stand here and speak after performances like these but I guess it’s a part of the journey and I need to take it in my stride and move forward and learn from these kind of games, these kind of days. “We are trying hard but are not getting a good performance together. It’s lack of intent by the guys, fearful of getting out after failing and that’s never a good feeling. That’s all that it boils down to.”

With the likes of Chris Gayle, Kohli, AB de Villiers, Travis Head in their side along with a few big names of the national team, Royal Challengers Bangalore have consistently failed in the tournament, including getting bundled to just 49 against Kolkata Knight Riders.

While their bowlers have often kept things tight to set up a modest total to chase down, their batting performance has been horrific to say the least except in a couple of matches.

On being asked if the captain felt any particular reason had been bothering his side, Kohli said: “A few reasons could be expectations, could be people looking at us as a side who made the playoffs last year, is a good side, has a good batting line-up, should go through this year as well….”

Kohli added: “So yeah, all kinds of things play in your head. You really can’t pin-point something unless you know as an individual, it could be hesitation to get out, hesitation to get runs, and all those sort of things as batsman you know they can creep in very quickly.”

With four games to go, Kohli said he didn’t want to hope for a play-off spot but would rather want to enjoy the remaining matches.

“We lost the game rather than them winning it. But got to learn and move on from these kind of experiences. All we can do is enjoy these four games (and) not worry about failing, not worry about not getting runs and just go out there and enjoy ourselves,” he added.

First Published: Apr 30, 2017 12:39 IST

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