Feels amazing to qualify for play-offs with 2 games to spare: Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

SHARJAH: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli on Sunday mentioned it is an “amazing feeling” to qualify for the IPL play-offs with a pair of games to spare and now their intention is to end within the high two within the standings.
RCB beat Punjab Kings by six runs to make it to their second successive IPL play-offs.
“Feels amazing. After 2011, we haven’t done it with games to spare. Eight wins out of 12 games is a great campaign. We have two more opportunities to finish in the top two. Should give us motivation to play even more fearlessly,” Kohli mentioned after the match.

“When you don’t have any wickets on the scoreboard, you can take more risks. Which myself and Dev (Padikkal) have to.”
The India captain, nonetheless, mentioned there are nonetheless areas of enchancment for RCB.
“15-20 runs on this ground can be crucial. We have to plug those areas. As a side, we have had an endeavour to improve, whether in losses or wins.
“We knew the wicket would get slower and slower. KL (Rahul) and Mayank (Agarwal) batted rather well, however we knew we have been simply two wickets from coming again into the sport.”

Talking about the performance of his bowlers, Kohli said, “The resurgence of (Mohammed) Siraj, ever since he has executed effectively in Test cricket. Harshal’s (Patel) inclusion has been excellent.
“Yuzi (Yuzvendra Chahal) has chipped in, as has Shahbaz (Nadeem). Garton has are available. If the gamers do not step up, then the marketing campaign goes off monitor.”
Player of the match Glenn Maxwell, who scored 57 off 33 balls, mentioned he has been batting effectively within the final two years of IPL.
“Came in at a nice time to bat. Lucky to hit the first couple of risks out of the middle. To have it set up by the openers today gave us some time to get an idea of the wicket.

“Coming into RCB they needed me to do the very same function (as with Australia). This (Sharjah) might be probably the most tough to modify to. The spinners get it to skid on which implies you’ve got to be sharper firstly of your innings.”
Punjab Kings captain Rahul said he would have been happier had his side qualified for the play-offs instead of him wearing the Orange Cap.
“I would not say I have not loved carrying it (the Orange Cap) however I’d have been happier if we had certified. It was a rating that was par. Maybe 10-15 runs additional.
“When a guy like Maxwell comes in with that sort of form, it makes it difficult.”
He mentioned batting has let the group down and he would settle for the accountability of the group’s failure as captain.
“With the bat, the last couple of years have been disappointing. Our batting has let us down. I’ll be lying if I say it doesn’t play on my mind that I play a role that the team demands. It’s not something that I enjoy, but when you lead the team, you have to accept the responsibility,” Rahul mentioned.
“In T20, the top two or three do score bulk of the runs. You won’t have people in the middle order scoring 500-600 runs. But we have missed someone in the middle who scores those 30-40 quick runs.”

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