Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as captain is not the reason for RCB’s defeat, feels Brian Lara

Legendary West Indies cricketer Brian Lara believes that Royal Challengers Bangalore’s massive defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday had nothing to do with Virat Kohli’s decision to quit cricket. IPL The team captained, “As a group of professionals, they would like to win this year”.

“Don’t know if Virat Kohli’s decision could be a bit disturbing. I do not believe so. As a group of professionals, they would like to win this year; He would like to win this year. It is too early to say whether such an announcement could adversely affect your team,” Lara told cricket.com on Tuesday.

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“They have been beaten by a team that, as we all know, when they are at their best, it is very difficult to keep them out,” he added.

KKR registered a nine-wicket win over RCB and with a resounding victory, the Eoin Morgan-led side moved up to the fifth spot in the points table.

RCB coach Mike Hesson had also said during the post-match press conference that Kohli’s decision to step down as captain after the 2021 IPL season was not the reason for the team’s defeat and Lara agreed.

“It was a poor performance by RCB. Don’t take anything away from KKR. We know KKR are a very good outfit. They have their issues. His performance in the first half of the tournament was poor.

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However, Lara said that Kohli’s dismissal was “more than a technical snag”.

“In the semi-final against New Zealand in World Cup 2019, LBW again – you look at the position of his head. Before the ball (vs KKR) he hit it through extra cover – probably the best shot of the match. The head was on top of the ball. On the next ball, his head was almost in the same position as the previous ball, but the line was completely different – it was coming down the middle and leg, into the middle and the leg,” said the West Indies legend.

“It is an issue that we know that a lot of right-handed batsmen, get on the front foot and fall. Just need to wait a little longer, keep a steady head and maintain that balance so that you can go down the track instead of going towards the off-stump when the ball is swinging towards the leg,” Lara observed.

RCB will be hoping for a turnaround when they take on Chennai Super Kings on September 24.

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