The skipper of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Virat Kohli, feels that Qualifiers and Eliminators are terms that exist only to create more pressure on the Indian Premier League (IPL) teams.
Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are all set to lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Eliminator of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 tonight at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
In a video shared by Star Sports India on Twitter Virat Kohli stated:
“You prepare for all kinds of possibilities, and the way I see it, Qualifiers and Eliminators are just terms that exist to create more pressure for these matches,”
Further, Kohli added that team RCB is having a positive mindset ahead of the high voltage clash and they will be focusing on executing their plans perfectly and winning the game. Virat Kohli asserted:
“When you play cricket, you either win or lose, so when you think you have two options (winning or losing), then that mindset can possibly turn into a negative one. Our focus is to go out, execute our plans and win games. When your only option is winning, and losing is not an option, then your performance reaches another level and I feel our team is in the right space to execute our plans,” he further said.
Naturally, The Intensity Goes Up When Everything Is On The Line – AB de Villiers
Legendary South African batsman AB de Villiers, who is a vital member of Royal Challengers Bangalore was also in the video, and he opined that when everything is on the line the intensity of the game increases but the skillset of players remains the same de Villiers said:
“Naturally, the intensity goes up when everything is on the line, you think back to when we started the IPL to now – we’ve put in a lot of effort, so it is natural for the juices to start flowing a bit more. Skillset stays the same, my game plan won’t change much, and I think the cricket that we are trying to play will not change much,” said De Villiers.
AB de Villiers further added that Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper will be “full of adrenaline” and he will make sure that team remains highly motivated in the Eliminator. Former Proteas batsman stated:
“There will definitely be more to lose for everyone out there – I mean, you lose, you’re going home. You think back on all the effort you have put, you don’t want that to happen. And it’s all on the line, body on the line and stuff, he (Virat Kohli) will be full of adrenaline, as always. And he will be making sure we all are in the fifth gear once the eliminator starts,”
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