IPL 2021: Virat Kohli unhappy with loss against CSK, says ‘RCB have to show more courage in crunch moments’

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli after the 6-wickets defeat against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday stated that the team have to show more courage in crunch moments against the opponents.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) middle-order delivered big time after Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis provided a fantastic start with the bat as the team in yellow chased the target of 156 in 18.1 overs, defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 6 wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

RCB skipper Virat Kohli during the post-match presentation said: “The wicket did slow down a bit. But I feel we left out 15-20 runs out there. 175 would’ve been a winning total. Didn’t bowl consistently. Didn’t show that much courage I guess with the ball.”

“They bowled well in the back end of the innings, executed the slower balls and yorkers nicely. We spoke of areas we didn’t want them to hit and we didn’t do that. That little bit of X factor was missing in the first 5-6 overs,” Virat Kohli added.

Virat Kohli, who will be stepping down as RCB skipper after IPL 2021, said that RCB need to get back to the winning note.

“Got to get on that winning run again. This one is a bit more disappointing. The first one we just weren’t in the game. Have to show more courage in crunch moments. This tournament goes by quickly,” he added.

After this victory, CSK returns to the top of the table ahead of Delhi Capitals (DC) on Net Run Rate (NRR). For RCB, things are getting a tad trickier, and they will need to get back to winnings ways soon, as the rest of the pack are catching up on them.

For Chennai Super Kings, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ambati Rayudu scored innings of 38 and 32 respectively. Faf du Plessis also scored crucial innings of 31 while MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina lead the team across the victory line with winning runs. For RCB Harshal Patel scalped two wickets while Yuzvendra Chahal and Glen Maxwell returned with one wicket each.