Kohli was unhappy with his performance on the day. @ BCCI

Virat Kohli conceded that Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), who slumped to their sixth straight loss following a four-wicket defeat to Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019), weren’t good enough, which is what has been the story of their season thus far.

Put into bat, none of the RCB batsman lived up to expectations with Kohli top scoring with an uncharacteristic 41, while the likes of AB de Villiers scored just 17. Moeen Ali added 32 as RCB were restricted to 149/8 with Kagiso Rabada emerging as the pick of the bowlers with four for 21 in his four overs. (Match highlights: IPL 2019, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals: Iyer, Rabada star in Delhi Capitals’ four-wicket victory)

“We thought 160 was going to be competitive. Even 150 was about par. It was quite dry underneath and we knew it would be slow. Not as good as the last game. That was exactly the case in the first innings. We kept losing wickets at regular intervals – couldn’t really explode. Even 150 would have been difficult if we had held on to our chances,” Kohli spoke about his side’s dismal batting show at the post-match presentation.

“We need to grab our chances when they come our way. We can’t keep give excuses every game. We weren’t good enough on the day again. That’s the whole story of our season so far. When AB got out I had to dig deep, the other guys had to strike around me, Marcus Stoinis was good, Moeen was good and Aksh too.

“When there are two senior batsmen in the deep and one gets out, the other has to take the deep and that the whole idea of that innings. The pitch also didn’t allow us to play freely.” (CHECK OUT: POINTS TABLE)

Kohli was unhappy with his performance on the day. “Understanding the situation and targeting specific bowlers, I wasn’t too happy to get out to a ball like that. I thought if I had stayed we could have added 25-30 more to the total. In the hindsight we can look at all this, but 160 was competitive total. When the mind is cluttered you wouldn’t be focused on the chances that come your way. Clarity of my mind is important,” he explained.

The bowling attack was in complete shambles with only Navdeep Saini proving to be a bright spot with raw pace, hostile bowling and the two wickets.

“Shreyas was dropped on 4. There is nothing more to say to the team. We need to accept it. Just play expressive cricket in the games well. The key is to take it easy, relax. We want to enjoy ourselves as a team,” Kohli said.