'Surprised myself with my six hitting': Run-machine Virat Kohli proud of RCB's showing despite defeat

Bengaluru: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli admitted that he did not feel good finishing second best, as he termed his and AB de Villiers' dismissals as the "big blow" in their defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL final on Sunday.

"Definitely proud of the way we played this season. This was for the people of Bengaluru. They have supported us in the worst of seasons. We would have loved to be on the other side of result. We conceded a few runs but the wicket was nice. AB and I getting out close to each other was a big blow. Had I stayed with AB a little longer, it would have been different," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

RCB skipper Virat Kohli's half-century in the IPL final went in vain. PTI

Asked about the 973 runs he scored and the 'Orange Cap', Kohli said, "It is a nice incentive, but it does not feel good to be at the other side of the result. Why Sunrisers won is because they have a strong bowling attack. I knew I was hitting the ball well and I just wanted to keep contributing."

On scoring four hundreds, he said records are meant to be broken. "I surprised myself there. I opened the innings; someone batting at No 3 or 4 may not have scored that much. But most sixes in the tournament surprised me. I am happy with the award. I don't want to talk much. The winning team deserves the place here."

Man-of-the-match Ben Cutting said, "Nice to get a few out of the middle tonight. To finish off that last over was special. That's the beautiful thing about Bangalore."

Having won two world titles, Yuvraj Singh finally got his first IPL triumph and he was happy. "Great performance from the team. We came back strongly. Bhuvi and Fizz put up a great finish in the end. As long as the trophy comes home, I don't mind injuries," said Yuvraj.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan said, "It has been a great season for me and the team. Davey lead from the front from the first game. It has been a great journey. I feel our team is well-balanced. As the tournament went ahead, we put big runs on the board. Cutting has played just two or three matches, but has performed well."

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, whose death overs sealed the win, said, "I just had to keep myself composed. Getting yorkers right is the best way to bowl at the death. Warner just asked me to keep my cool and bowl the yorkers right."


Published Date: May 30, 2016 10:43 am | Updated Date: May 30, 2016 11:07 am


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