The Virat Kohli-led Royal Challenger Bangalore (RCB) succumbed to their fourth consecutive defeat last night in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 season. While batting first, RCB posted a competitive total on the back of Parthiv Patel’s spectacular half-century knock. But then in the second innings, Rajasthan Royals (RR) wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler set up a great tone with a fluent half-century knock after which the rest of the batters finished off the formalities with pretty much ease. With that loss, RCB are languishing at the eighth position on the points tally.
You have to be on the eight ball
After the loss, RCB skipper Virat Kohli mentioned that the IPL is not such a long tournament and thus, the players need to be on their feet right from the start. Kohli revealed that it is very important to strike the best possible combination. He stated that he will have a discussion with the rest of support staff on the changes that can be made in the upcoming matches.
“This tournament is not that long. It’s not going to go on for months. This is a month-and-a-half or a couple of months maximum. You have to be on the eight ball. You have to think on your feet. You have to think of the best possible combination going forward. We will definitely sit down and consider talking about what we can do. What can we do to get the balance right,” said Virat Kohli.
Kohli further mentioned that they will think of bringing in some young fresh guys, who can contribute with match-winning performances to change their fortunes in IPL 2019. “Hopefully get some fresh guys in and they can make some cracking match-winning performances for us and get the team going. That’s an important factor: to think on our feet. Not necessarily worry about the other stuff. Just focus on the best XI we can take on the park and be competitive every game,” he added.
The bodies are bound to get stiff
Virat noted that it is very crucial to gain momentum in a tournament like the IPL because things can get difficult in the end. He also stated that these losses can affect the players’ performance on the field as these sorts of things are bound to happen.
“In a tournament like the IPL, when the team doesn’t have any momentum, things can get difficult. The guys can get a little tight in the field. Bodies can get stiff. A bit of nervousness as well. We have to consider everything. The team hasn’t got off to a great start. These things look really bad when they happen in this sort of phase for a team,” concluded Kohli.