The second match of the IPL 2021 after the break witnessed Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore losing in a rather disappointing way as the star-studded batting line up got bowled out just a total of 92 runs. This was their Sixth successive defeat in UAE.
A match to forget for RCB where everything just did not work out for them. First a flop show by their batsmen, and then the bowlers could not even contain the KKR batters who got things done in jus 10 overs. This is one of the heaviest defeats in IPL history in terms of balls to spare.
Only four times has any team won with more overs left than KKR’s 10 today. It can happen though. It’s only the start of a whole new leg of the tournament – one where RCB are still very well placed at the points table.
This is what the skipper Virat Kohli reasoned for the loss:
“It was important to get a good partnership on this surface. We didn’t expect that much dew to kick in so early, we couldn’t have predicted that. We were 42-odd for one and then lost about five wickets within 20 runs from there, which is a very difficult situation to come back from. Bit of a collapse there for us, bit of a wake-up call and might as well have this at the start of the second leg so that we know exactly what we need to work on.
As professional cricketers, you are expected to turn up and adjust to the formats, that’s the dynamic of world cricket today. We have never found any troubles doing that but sometimes it can take you a game to get into the tournament. You have to stay with the 8-ball, especially in this format. If not, then the other team is going to be all over you. You can’t afford to lose four or five wickets within 20 runs. ” – Said Kohli.
Virat Kohli Praises Varun Chakravarthy
Virat spoke highly of KKR leg-spinner Varun Chakrawarthy who took 3 wickets in the game was very effective in winning this match for his team.
“He’s going to be a key factor when he plays for India. We need to see performances like these from all the youngsters so that the bench strength of Indian cricket stays strong. And, he’s someone who is going to play in the near future for India and it’s a great sign.” – Expressed Kohli
Varun is selected in the Indian squad for the T20 World Cuop scheduled in October this year to be played in UAE and Oman.