IPL 2019: There Is Nothing More To Say To The Team: Virat Kohli
The ongoing season of the Indian Premier League is going from bad to worse for Virat Kohli and his Royal Challengers teammates with each passing game. The three-time finalists suffered their sixth consecutive defeat of the season on Sunday when they lost by 4 wickets against Delhi Capitals at home. Just two days after scoring 205 against Kolkata Knight Riders, the Royal Challengers came up with a poor batting show once again.
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Asked to bat first, they could only manage to post a modest total of 149 for 8. The Royal Challengers were off to a shaky start and lost Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers with just 40 runs on the board. 26 runs later, Marcus Stoinis departed too before Virat Kohli and Moeen Ali took the score past the 100-run mark. However, Moeen could not last long either and left with his team reeling at 103 for 4.
Virat Kohli stayed till the 18th over but could not guide the Royal Challengers to a challenging total. The skipper top-scored for his team with 41 as Royal Challengers huffed and puffed to 149.
In reply, Delhi Capitals were off to a shaky start too and lost their experienced opener Shikhar Dhawan for a duck in the first over. However, before Royal Challengers could capitalise on the early wicket, Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer added 69 runs in quick time to put Delhi on top. Shaw fell for 28 but Iyer went on to score a fine fifty as Delhi crossed the line with an over remaining.
Speaking at the end of the game, Kohli refrained from putting the blame on the players this time but admitted that the needs to make the chances count. He also urged his teammates to enjoy the remaining games of the season.
“We need to grab our chances when they come our way. We can’t keep giving excuses every game. We weren’t good enough on the day again. That’s the whole story of our season so far,” said Kohli.
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“There is nothing more to say to the team. We have asked the guys to take responsibility. It hasn’t happened so far and that is the reality. We need to accept it. The more we get frustrated the more it is going to get tougher. Enjoy ourselves and just play expressive cricket in the coming games. Personally, I am not trying to control the situation too much. There is a certain extent you can control, which is your own personal skill and try your effort and expect that from the team. The key is to take it easy, relax. Whatever is front of us it is in front of us, we can’t change the situation. If we stop enjoying, rest of the games will also be suffering. We want to enjoy ourselves as a team and come out and play expressive cricket,” he added.