After being the third team to qualify for the IPL 2021 playoffs, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Virat Kohli pledged more brave cricket on Sunday. Kohli expressed his delight in securing a playoff position with two games remaining in the current season’s group stages.
After thrashing Punjab Kings by 6 runs in Sharjah, Royal Challengers Bangalore joined Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals in the playoffs. With four teams still vying for the lone remaining berth, RCB has 16 points after 12 games.
RCB’s path to the playoffs last year was different, as they had to rely on other teams to confirm their spot on the final matchday of the group stages.
In IPL 2020, it did not go well for RCB. They lost the eliminator and were eliminated from the competition after five straight defeats in the UAE. RCB will want to build momentum, according to Kohli. An early playoffs confirmation will only encourage them to be more aggressive in their subsequent two encounters.
On October 6, RCB will play Sunrisers Hyderabad, and on October 8, the Delhi Capitals will play Sunrisers Hyderabad.
“Feels amazing. After 2011, we haven’t done it with games to spare. Eight wins out of 12 games is a great campaign. We have two more opportunities to finish in the top two. Should give us the motivation to play even more fearlessly,” Kohli said.
RCB put on an all-around performance. Scoring runs with both the bat and the ball. With the bat, Virat Kohli and Devduitt Padikkal got them off to a good start, while Glenn Maxwell smashed a quickfire fifty and AB de Villiers found some form with a quickfire 23.
RCB was consistent with the ball, with Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, and Mohammed Siraj contributing. George Carton, a left-arm bowler, came up and took a wicket while allowing only 27 runs in his 4-over performance.
“The resurgence of Siraj, ever since he has done well in Test cricket. Harshal’s inclusion has been outstanding. Yuzi has chipped in, as has Shahbaz. Garton has come in. If the players don’t step up, then the campaign goes off track.” Said Kohli.