Mumbai: Virat Kohli, who played his last match as captain of RCB on Monday, reiterated that he would play for RCB till the last day he plays in the IPL, further Kohli said that he will continue to play for the Bengaluru-based franchise till the end.
Sunil Narine’s four-wicket haul and 26-run knock helped Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by four wickets at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium here on Monday.
“Their spinners dominated the game in the middle overs. They kept taking wickets there. We had a great start and probably should’ve tried to build on it. It was more about quality bowling instead of poor batting,” Kohli told host broadcaster Star Sports after the game.
“Our great bowling performance. This season was the hallmark. But tonight that big middle over ruined our chances. We fought till the last. But 15 runs left out there with the bat and a couple of big overs with the ball. Narine has always been a quality bowler and tonight once again showed why he is the most consistent wicket-taker in the IPL. Not only him, Shakib, Varun and all three of them bowled brilliantly together. They put pressure on our batsmen not to hit big shots,” he added.
Virat Kohli’s captaincy era in the Indian Premier League (IPL) came to an end on Monday as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) suffered a defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Eliminator.
He said, “I have tried my best to create a culture where youngsters can come and play expressive cricket. This is something that I have tried to do at the Indian level as well. All I can say is that I have given my best. I have given. My best. 120 per cent to this franchise and will continue to give as a player on the field,” Kohli said.
“It is a good time to regroup and restructure the franchise for the next three years. I will definitely (play for RCB). For me, loyalty matters and my commitment is with this franchise till the last day I play IPL,” he added.
KKR will now face Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. Earlier, Sunil Narine returned with figures of 4-21 as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) restricted Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to 138/7.