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IPL 2017: Dejected Virat Kohli says RCB didn’t deserve to win against Pune

IPL 2017: Dejected Virat Kohli says RCB didn’t deserve to win against Pune

“We don’t deserve to win if we play like this,” Virat Kohli said after the match against Rising Pune Supergiant

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli was not happy at all with his side’s performance against Rising Pune Supergiant at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The hosts lost the match by 27 runs while chasing 162 runs. Kohli was dejected by the fact that RCB did not put up a fight and deserved to lose.

“Not an easy thing to find momentum. We don’t deserve to win if we play like this. Honestly, last match we fought really hard, today we let the game drift away right in front of our eyes. If we lose without intent, it’s not a nice feeling. We have a few things to address. You can’t just come out here thinking we’re gonna play at home and sweep sides away. We need to play good consistent cricket. Pune was the better team and they won,” said Kohli after the match.

“We can’t play with fear of failure. We can’t bowl thinking what if we leak runs, what if is a massive mistake in sport, especially cricket. We have to be more expressive,” he added.

Last year RCB qualified for playoffs winning last four matches on the trot and Kohli said it won’t happen every time.

“Last year, we had to win four out of four and we qualified. It’s not going to happen every year, so we need to pull our socks up. If you play with intent and get out or get hit for runs, it’s fine. You can’t be switched off and let the game drift away. As professional cricketers, playing for a franchise and you’re playing in front of so many people, and people expect you to do well. So, you got to be at the top of your game and we certainly weren’t today,” he said.

“We didn’t deserve to win. They (fans) have always backed us throughout. Last year we needed their support and they were out here in huge numbers to do that. Once we get things turning around for us, hopefully we can come back and dominate at home. We as players need to take more responsibility so that we can give the fans something to cheer about,” he concluded.

Last year’s runners-up, RCB, have lost four out of five matches so far this season. And now they find themselves at the bottom of the points table. The Kohli-led side now takes on Gujarat Lions in an away game on April 18.


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