IPL 2014: RCB to embrace 'wait and watch' policy
After having lost the match that would have kept the chances of attaining a spot in the play-offs in their own hands, a disappointed Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli admitted that he regrets the situation his team is currently in.
"Before this game, we have things in our hands to qualify. We had to win this game to keep things under our control. But now we will have to wait and watch what other teams do and hope for the right result, which is not good situation to be in," Kohli said after losing to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets on Tuesday.
Kohli, who has been the skipper for RCB since 2013, was unhappy with his team’s performance in the crucial match. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, RCB managed to post a total of 160 with the help of good batting from the skipper himself. However, the Indian cricketer accepted that a poor bowling show was what snatched the game away from RCB.
"We could not execute our plans in the end and suffered because of that. Sunrisers played well throughout the second innings. We pulled things back nicely, but just not good enough to cross the line. I mean, 22 in two overs with momentum on our side, we should have defended. If you don't execute your yorkers, you are going to suffer in the end overs," he said.
“Twenty20 is a very short game and you don't need just two good overs, if you want to get back into the game, you need four in a trot. I think we bowled 50 per cent of good balls and then we just gave the momentum with the areas that we did not want to bowl at. That cost us in the end.The bowlers did a good job to make a come back into the game. I think we just failed to grab on to that momentum," he added.
RCB, who reached the finals twice in 2009 and 2011, appeared to be one of the strongest teams on paper for this season of the IPL. Kohli, 25, recollected similar past situations and said: "We were in such a situation last year as well but we played good cricket to put ourselves in a position where we had the control of how to play the last three games. But we could not hold on to that momentum this year."
The powerful right-hand batsman is of the belief that the three losses from winning positions in this IPL - against KKR in Dubai, then MI at the Wankhede Stadium and RR at home in Bangalore is what the team needs to rectify.
"We lost quite a few close games. It is not that we were thrashed by the opposition. We just failed to hold on to our composure in those testing times. We need to be composed enough in important situation to be on the right side of the result," he said.
"If we had won those close games, we woud not have been in a situation like this. We cannot look back but we have not been able to maintain our composure." an upset Kolhi stated.