Royal Challengers Bangalore opening batsman Srikar Bharat has said that RCB are keen to win the IPL trophy for skipper Virat Kohli.
“Yes definitely winning the cup and giving Virat bhai the IPL title will be cherry on the cake but if you ask me, playing with Virat Bhai is a very big feeling,” said Bharat.
Kohli last month announced that he will step down as the captain of RCB after the completion of the 2021 edition of the IPL. Bharat said the teams wants to win the trophy for the India skipper this time.
“Virat loves youngsters, he encourages youngsters. He works incredibly hard like any other young player in RCB. He is a thorough professional and playing with him gives an element of confidence to us. He is a very friendly guy, he is always there, he is always ready to guide us. I am just blessed to be around Virat Kohli,” he added.
The IPL 2021 Eliminator will be played between Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore and Eoin Morgan’s Kolkata Knight Riders at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah on Monday evening. Both teams will be vying for a spot in Qualifier 2 on Wednesday at the same venue. While the winner will move further in the competition, the losing side will be knocked out of the tournament.
Speaking about the eliminator against KKR on Monday, Bharat said, “RCB focus has been on one game at a time it can be any team, any given day or any ground. So numbers or teams, players, it doesn’t matter. What matters the most is, our preparation, our consistency and intent.”
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