RCB captain Virat Kohli said after a blistering nine-wicket haul, a wake-up call

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli refused to read much about his team’s brutal beating at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday evening but admitted that it came as a wake-up call for him. In a one-sided affair, KKR bowled out all departments to RCB, who registered a nine-wicket win in Abu Dhabi.

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Kohli, who was playing his 200th match in the IPL and for RCB, did not have a good game of his own as he went lbw for just five runs. Opting to bat first at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, RCB were bowled out for 92 runs in 19 overs.

“It was important to get a good partnership on this surface. We didn’t expect so much dew so soon, we couldn’t have predicted it. We scored 42 for one wicket and then lost five wickets in 20 runs from there, which makes it very difficult to come back.”

He continued, “For us there may be a little collapse, a wake-up call and even at the beginning of the second phase so that we know exactly what we need to work on.”

Kohli said that despite most members of his playing XI not appearing in T20s in recent times, he hopes to quickly adjust to the demands of modern cricket.

“As professional cricketers, you are expected to change and adjust across formats, that is the dynamic of world cricket today. We’ve never had any trouble doing this, but sometimes it can take you a game to get into the tournament. You have to stick to eight balls, especially in this format. If not, the other team is going to overpower you. You can’t afford to lose four or five wickets in 20 runs.

It was RCB’s third loss of the season and they would expect Monday’s horror show to be just an anomaly given the strong start they had in India.

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