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Virat Kohli: Royal Challengers Bangalore’s focus is to win more away matches in IPL 2014

Virat Kohli said RCB losing the last three games in UAE has been a wake-up call for them to rectify their mistakes © IANS
Virat Kohli said RCB losing the last three games in UAE has been a wake-up call for them to rectify their mistakes © IANS

Bangalore: May 3, 2014

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli on Saturday said that his team is focusing on winning more away games in order to increase the chances of qualifying for the knockout stage in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014.

“It is the away games we are focusing on more than how many to play here. We are quite familiar with what we need to do in Bangalore, but last year our drawback was we did not win away games and we could not qualify,” he told reporters in Bangalore on the eve of the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday at Chinnaswamy Stadium.

However, the team needs to play good cricket in the remaining games, Kohli said. Moreover, the team will take the Indian-leg of the IPL as a fresh start even if they would have won all the five games at UAE, he said.

“We take this as fresh start in the IPL regardless even if we had won five games out of five [in UAE],” he said.

Replying to a query, Kohli said losing should hurt but not annoy, otherwise the team drifts away and the focus goes awry.

“Losing should hurt but it should not annoy you — to drift away from what you have to do on the field. It is the job of the coach and the captain to keep the team together and players should not panic,” Kohli said.

“If you panic, then the guys are obviously scattered and do not play together as a unit. I have gone through it before. The best way out of this is stay relaxed and focus on holding onto the momentum.”

Kohli said of all the defeats they faced, losing to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) hurt them the most because they lost from a winning position.

“The one we lost to Kolkata hurt the most because the other two games we did not play good cricket. We did not deserve to win those, to be honest,” he said.

Kohli said that RCB losing the last three games in UAE has been a wake-up call for them to rectify their mistakes. “It is good we lost, it is like wake up call. It helped us rectify our mistakes,” he added.

He further said it is all about keeping calm in a tournament such as the IPL. “When we start panicking, it doesn’t help. It becomes difficult to bounce back,” Kohli concluded.

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