Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli feels his team’s biggest strength has been his fearlessness in back-to-back wins in the UAE leg of IPL 2021. In their first two encounters on the restart, RCB were blown away by Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings before being bounced back.
They first outclassed Mumbai Indians and then beat Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets to break into the top four on Wednesday.
“We have got the awards because we have been confident and fearless. This has been the USP of our team in the last two matches. That gives the team a lot of balance.”
He further added, “It is focusing on Dev (Devdutt Padikkal) and myself – to get off to a good start. Everything is going well and people are contributing at the right time. We were completely gutted in the first game. We took it in a positive light. You need to be prepared with the pace of the tournament. We are entering the right phase of the tournament.”
Opting to bowl first, the RCB bowlers were separated by two RR openers Evin Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal and they added 77 runs. However, with Lewis being dismissed in the 12th over, the RR innings suffered a collapse and from 100/1, they could manage only 149/9 in 20 overs.
He said, ‘In T20 cricket if you can be nervous with the ball, it means you are going in the right direction. We came back and dominated. 175 would have been competitive, it was still a very good wicket to bat on,” Kohli said.
The spinners were particularly impressive with the duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Shahbaz Nadeem conceding just 28 runs in the six overs between them as well as four dismissals.
Harshal Patel then added to his growing numbers by taking three wickets in the last over.
“The kind of bowling attack we have, we need some breakthroughs and things will open up. We knew that if we keep our patience, we will get mistakes from the batsmen and that’s what happened, but they were making mistakes forcibly,” Kohli said.