Skipper’s dangerous day in workplace

Dubai, September 25

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli took the blame for his team’s 97-run thrashing by Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League here. Kohli took the blame for dropping Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul twice, which contributed significantly to their defeat on Thursday.

Kohli felt had he not dropped Rahul, who remained unbeaten on 132, KXIP would not have been able to go past the 200-run mark. “I have to stand in front and take the brunt of it,” Kohli said. “Not the best day in office, couple of important chances of KL when he was set and that cost us 35-40 runs at a later stage. Maybe if we restricted them to 180 we wouldn’t have been under pressure from ball one of the chase,” he added.

KXIP posted 206/3 and RCB were bundled out for 109 in 17 overs. “We know exactly where we went wrong and I have to put my hand up and say a couple of important chances went down,” Kohli said. “There are days when these kinds of things happen on the cricket field and we have to accept them. We have had a good game (against Sunrisers Hyderabad), we have had a bad game and now it is time to move on and learn from the mistakes we made,” he added.

Wasn’t feeling confident: KL

KXIP skipper Rahul said he was lacking in confidence heading into the team’s second IPL fixture. “I have actually been not so confident,” Rahul said. “I had a chat with Maxi (Glenn Maxwell). He said ‘how are you feeling’. I said ‘I am not feeling completely in control of my batting’. He said ‘you must be joking, you are hitting really well’,” he added.

“Quite honestly I was nervous but I knew if I spend time in the middle, hit a few balls from the middle of the bat, it will all settle down,” Rahul said. — PTI

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