In the aftermath of a shocking batting collapse, Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli hit out at the team’s batsman. RCB were all out for 49, the lowest ever total recorded in IPL, chasing 132.
“This our worst batting performance, it really hurts. After the kind of half that we had, we thought we could capitalise and chase it down. It was reckless batting. I can’t say anything at the moment. It was that bad. This is just not acceptable,” Kohli said after the match.
On his own failure, Kohli explained, “The sight-screen is very small here, one guy got up as the bowler was loading up, that distracted me. Still it wasn’t a big deal. That was just one down. Nine guys could have done the job.”
“We need to forget it and move forward. We are a much better team. We got 200 plus in the last game. I’m sure everyone realises what they’ve done wrong. You have to come out, show intent and back yourselves. I’m sure we won’t bat like that again in the tournament,” he went on to add.
KKR captain Gautam Gambhir praised his fast bowlers. “It’s very refreshing. All credit to the bowling attack, especially Coulter-Nile and Umesh for bowling quick. Not a lot of teams have pace like we have. Got three guys who can bowl over 140. The plan was to hit the deck hard and the plan worked,” Gambhir said.
He admitted the team needed to do better with the bat though. “We didn’t bat well at all. After where we were in the first six, we should’ve got 170. We need to pull up our socks in the batting department. If you want to win the tournament, you need to bring your A game out in all departments,” said Gambhir.
--By A Cricket Correspondent