IPL 2012: RCB peaking at the right time in the tournament, says Virat Kohli

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli sending southpaw Saurabh Tiwary ahead of AB de Villiers was a conscious attempt to give the Indian player enough overs under his belt © AFP

 

Pune: May 12, 2012

 

Three successive wins have brought them back in the play-offs contention and Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli says they are peaking at the right time in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012.

 

RCB on Friday beat Pune Warriors 35 runs to be in top-4 as they are placed third now.

 

Kohli was happy that bowlers too have come up well of late and that’s a good sign for them.

 

“The last two games, we have bowled well. The bowlers have stepped up and we are peaking at the right time which is good,” Kohli said.

 

Asked about Saurabh Tiwary being sent ahead of AB de Villiers, Kohli said it was a conscious attempt to give the Indian enough overs under his belt.

 

“We wanted to give Saurabh Tiwary some game time, before we get to the playoffs. AB is a class player, who can bat at any number. Just wanted to make Saurabh more confident about himself,” he said.

 

Steven Smith, who skippered Pune in place of Sourav Ganguly, said leading the side was fun

 

“It was good fun. We are already out of the play-offs so had the guys around and wanted to play with a bit of freedom,” he said.

 

The Australia felt that they, “fought back quite well after Gayle and Dilshan were doing well.”

 

Chris Gayle, who came with another blistering half-century, said he is not sure if is in form of his life.

 

He is the Orange cap holder with 572 runs.

 

“Yeah timing them well, don’t know whether this is the best nick I have been,” he said.

 

Asked about his terrific batting, he said, “I sleep the whole day after breakfast to get in shape for the game.” (PTI)