Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are yet to open its account in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Virat Kohli-led team has lost all its four games against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Mumbai Indians (MI), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Rajasthan Royals (RR). Ahead of the match against RCB scheduled to be held later in the day, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) leg-spinner Piyush Chawla feels that even after losing four games in a row, RCB cannot be ruled out of recognition.
They have quality players
Royal Challengers will be hosting the Dinesh Karthik-led team at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium later in the day. Chawla revealed that RCB has many quality players in its ranks and thus, they have the ability to bounce back in the tournament. He reckoned that the home team will definitely come hard at them. Chawla noted that they need to play their best cricket in order to beat RCB at home.
“We all know what type of game RCB has got and four games down doesn’t mean that they are down and out. We know the quality of players they have, they are going to bounce back. They will come even more hard at us. We have to prepare in that way and play some good cricket to beat them,” quoted Piyush Chawla during the pre-match press conference.
We need to follow the basics
Chawla also talked about the preparation being done to trap RCB’s two of the best batsmen, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. He stated that it is very important to focus on the basics. He mentioned that even Parthiv Patel is a quality batsman along with de Villiers and Kohli. Parthiv composed an excellent innings of 67 runs off 41 balls in the recent match against Rajasthan Royals.
“Plans are simple. We need to follow the basics. Virat, AB and even Parthiv (Patel) the way he batted in the last game, they all are quality batsmen. We need to make sure we don’t give them easy things,” Chawla added.
The Knight Riders have won two games out of three this season. Chawla admitted the fact they failed to do well with the ball against Delhi Capitals. “Even if we had given away 180-odd against Kings XI, we also scored 200-odd runs. We could bowled better against Delhi Capitals. I don’t think there is anything to worry about, but we would like to pull socks up,” concluded the KKR leg-spinner.