IPL 2021, KKR vs RCB: Virat Kohli says defeat against Kolkata a ‘wake-up call’ for Bangalore

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Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore players congratulate each other after the match 31

Royal Challengers Bangalore Captain Virat Kohli Regrets his team’s batting after being defeated by Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets on Monday IPL Here and termed it as a wake-up call for the team.

Electing to bat, RCB were all out for 92 in Kohli’s 200th IPL game and KKR added 82 with Shubman Gill (48) and debutant Venkatesh Iyer (41 not out) to chase down the target in just 10 overs. reached 94/1. Runs for the opening wicket

“We scored 42 for one wicket and then lost five wickets within 20 runs, which makes it very difficult to come back. A little fall for us, a little wake-up call and it might even be the start of the second leg so we know.” That’s what we need to work on,” Kohli said after the match.

“It was important to have a good partnership on this surface. You can’t afford to lose four or five wickets within 20 runs. We didn’t expect dew so early, we couldn’t have predicted it.” “

Asked if the result was due to rust, Kohli said, “You can argue that we were rusty but as professional cricketers, you are expected to change formats and adjust, This is the dynamics of world cricket today.

“We’ve never had a problem doing that but sometimes it can take you a game to get into the tournament. You have to stick with the 8-ball, especially in this format. If not, the other team will be totally fine.” It’s going to happen to you.”

On KKR spinner Varun Chakraborty (3/13) Kohli said, “Very good, that’s exactly what I was saying in the dug-out, he will be a key factor when he plays for India. We need all Watch such performances by youngsters so that the bench strength of Indian cricket remains strong.

“And, he is someone who is going to play for India in the near future and that is a good sign,” said the Indian captain.

Kohli, who will be stepping down as RCB captain after this edition, said there was no question of pressing the panic button right now.

“We’ve had five wins in eight matches, we expect to lose here and there in this tournament. It’s part and parcel of things. You have to take it in your stride like you take your victory in your stride. .

“We just need to be professionals and stick to our strengths and make sure that we execute the plans that we have right on the field. We have full faith in this team to be able to move on from the next game. and is performing well.”

KKR Captain Eoin Morgan Said it was a rare top class performance on his part.

“The talent that we have within our squad is worth nothing, you still have to go out and show how strong you are and we did it today.

“I didn’t think the wicket changed much, RCB got off to a good start, but taking wickets at the backend of the power play changed things for us. Collectively, we took valuable wickets. Maxwell, AB, Virat – we lead managed to grow. Above all, it’s also very rare.”

“As a group, with the expressive flair that people play with, playing under me or the eaves should be an absolute treat. We won’t knock people over to play their shots.”

Morgan said his team still has a long way to go and a lot more needs to be done to move in the right direction.

“Today is the right start, needed that confidence. We haven’t been prepared for the majority of the tournament, but today was off to a great start.”

Player of the match Chakraborty said that it was a flat pitch with little spin offered and hence he had to keep it on the stumps.

I would like to give credit for the discipline to the bowlers who bowled in the powerplays. There was nothing special in the pitch.

On a hat-trick ball, which he wanted to review, but was shot by Morgan, Chakraborty said, “I thought it was out, but the replay saw that there was an inside edge.

“Definitely I felt better, and got a sense of acceptance from the people around me. Started very late in my career. Now getting selected for India gives me a sense of acceptance.”