Home > News >

IPL 2013: Virat Kohli feels his side was outplayed by Mumbai Indians

 

image_20130428123003

Royal Challengers Bangalore were handed a 58-run defeat by the Mumbai Indians © AFP

Mumbai: Apr 28, 2013

Handed a heavy defeat by the Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli said for the first time this IPL, his team was “outplayed” by the opposition.

“Our bowlers have bowled well in seven games. It is not always going to happen in T20 that you are going to have a perfect performance on the day and I think we didn’t execute our plans as we wanted to,” Kohli said after the 58-run loss last night.

“Mumbai bowlers bowled much better length than our bowlers and that was the difference. We were outplayed in this game, probably first time in this tournament. It is going to happen. It has happened to every team. It is all about regrouping and focusing on the next game,” he added.

But Kohli also stressed that every team, no matter how good a form it is in, will have an off day in a long tournament like the IPL.

“In this tournament, every team has collapsed once. Our team is no different. Our players will also get out in one or two matches, that we know. But the attempt will be that the top four perform and in the last eight matches we have consistently performed,” he emphasised.

“Today, probably Mumbai bowled better. Our batsmen did not as such hit bad shots but they (Mumbai) bowled in right areas, which built the pressure. And they got the result for that.

“All the credit goes to Mumbai bowlers because they bowled better than us. This will happen in cricket. In one match at least it will happen that your top four don’t click.

Fortunately in every match someone from the top four has scored runs and we will try to do the same,” he explained.

RCB has logged six wins out of the nine games they have played and all of them have come at their home ground Chinnaswamy Stadium. But Kohli said not too much should be read into that stat.

 ”We will play exactly the way we play at home. The intent has to be positive. We have to be smart. Just one off day and people have already started saying we can’t win away from home,” Kohli said.

“But the two games that we lost [at Hyderabad and Chennai] were not thrashes but last ball finishes. Had we executed our plans well, we would have had eight wins out of nine. It is all about one ball or two inches in one game that we lost.

“You can have that tag of one loss or two loss, but we are not bothered about any tags, saying we are over dependent on Chris [Gayle] or we can’t win away from home. Whoever plays good cricket on that day will win,” he added.

Asked if the team would make changes in the top order, with Sri Lankan opener Tillakaratne Dilshan not being in the best of form, Kohli said, “We are certainly going to look into it. We wanted to go with the top four batsmen in the top four position but we are going to sort out the combination.

“Somebody like Moises Henriques could be an option going forward because he is handy with the ball, handy with the bat in middle order, which we need as well. And he did well in the few games that he played.”

Murali Karthik missed the match due to illness and Kohli hoped that the spinner would recover in time for the next game.

“I hope he is [fit]. He is our best Indian spinner. He has a lot of T20 experience. He has been economical in the games that he has played in. Hopefully he will be fine in the next game and we will have his services,” he said.

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Sep 22, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Bengaluru

World T20 League 2014

Sep 23, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Raipur

World T20 League 2014

Sep 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 4 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014  at Mohali

Perth Scorchers won by 6 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 19, 2014  at Raipur

NK won by 33 runs (D/L method)

World T20 League 2014

Sep 18, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 5 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 17, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 3 wkts

Photos

KXIP vs Hobart Hurricanes, Match 2 CLT20 2014

Videos

Kane, Devcich praise each others knock

Live Cricket Score Cape Cobras vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014: Cape Cobras finish at 184/6

CLT20 2014: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Lahore Lions (LL), Match 7: 5 key battles

Before Mitchell Marsh, Surinder Amarnath had hit sixes off last two balls to win a match in England

Kings XI Punjab vs Barbados Tridents, Match 5, CLT20 2014: Highlights

CLT20 2014: Mitchell Marsh stakes his claim for a spot in Australia’s ICC World Cup 2015 squad with late blitz for Perth Scorchers against Dolphins

Asian Games Asian Games 2014 Cape Cobras Champions League T20 2014 Chennai Super Kings CLT20 CLT20 2014 Hobart Hurricanes India at Asian Games 2014 Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Knight Riders Northern Knights

Richard Levi, Vernon Philander help Cape Cobras to 184/6 against Hobart Hurricanes in CLT20 2014 Match 6 at Hyderbad

Cape Cobras vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 6 at Hyderbad: Robin Peterson on the attack for Cobras

Cape Cobras vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 6 at Hyderbad: Joe Mennie dismisses Justin Ontong

Vatican City wins two out of five matches on first foreign tour

Jammu and Kashmir’s Ranji Trophy home matches shifted to Mohali due to floods

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Lahore Lions (LL), Match 7, CLT20 2014: KKR likely XI

CLT20 2014: Akshar Patel reaffirms all-round abilities

Cape Cobras vs Hobart Hurricanes, Match 6, CLT20 2014: Cape Cobras’s likely XI

Cape Cobras vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 6: Hobart Hurricane’s likely XI

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Lahore Lions, Match 7, CLT20 2014: Lahore’s likely XI

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

669 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes (HH) CLT20 2014

Richard Levi, Vernon Philander help Cape Cobras to 184/6 against Hobart Hurricanes in CLT20 2014 Match 6 at Hyderbad

Bang Bang new dialogue promo: Why did Hrithik Roshan ask Katrina Kaif to unzip his jacket?

NGOs pursue education for all

Round 2 in Android One war: New phones may hit market by December-end

Champions League T20 2014 (CLT20): Cape Cobras (COB) reach 184/6 against Hobart Hurricanes (HBH)

Download ‘the Cuddlr,’ app that helps you cuddle strangers

Sukhbir Singh Badal: Narendra Modi government very decisive, will change system

Now, a romantic comic book on micro-organisms

Fawad Khan: I look forward to working with Mahira again; we might be seen together sometime soon

Prayers to be held in Kerala temple for success of Mangalyaan

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here