Kohli unhappy despite improved showing

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli was disappointed with his team’s inability to close out the contest against the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede.

While Kohli admitted that RCB showed much improvement in a game were they pushed top of the table Mumbai Indians all the way he feels the bowlers let the side down.

In a post match interview Kohli said: “It was a much more competitive game than a few that we’ve played in the past. But still it was a game that we should have closed off.

“We had control through the middle overs but it is very important to finish off your 4 overs in the game. You cannot bowl 4 dot balls and then have 2 loose balls.

“Credit to Mumbai that they capitalised on that. All in all a good game of cricket. I thought we fought really hard till the end and squeezed hard and they eventually had to play good cricket to come out on top so that’s all right I guess.”

RCB were unable to defend 30 off the last three overs but Kohli backed his decision to use two left-armers in those death overs.

He said: “The initial bit was to use the 2 left armers because 2 right handers were batting to take the pace off and angle it away from them. It’s very difficult to drag the ball to square leg and mid wicket but yes [they] should’ve been more smarter you know.

“Can’t give pace on the ball on this field with that old ball. You know you want to take away as much pace as possible. Again something that we should’ve used in the last three overs. We used it pretty well but as I said you got to finish off your overs pretty well but we didn’t do that and paid the price.”

Kohli was philosophical on the poor performance this season saying sometimes things just don’t go your way and you have to learn from the tough times.

The India and RCB skipper said: “Well it’s fine. I mean last year we had a great season and we played two finals before that so 3 finals in total.

“You got to take everything in your stride, you don’t have all good days in your life and you got to expect these and you’ve to accept and learn from these kind of days knowing that good days will come again.

“So you learn not to change as a person in these times. It’s pretty tough for the whole team and that’s all we can do – give our best on the field. There are 8 teams playing in this league so anyone can have a chance of going through and sometimes it’s just not your season.”