IPL 2017: Virat Kohli says it was hard for him to speak after RCB's dismal performance
Not one to mince words, Virat Kohli said that it was Royal Challengers Bangalore which lost the match rather than Rising Pune Supergiant winning it.
His team all but out of contention for a place in the IPL playoffs, a dejected Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli found his team's horrendous performance inexplicable.
"I think it's for everyone to see we lost that game. It's hard for a captain to stand here and speak after a performance like this," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony after going down to Rising Pune Supergiant by 61 runs.
The Indian skipper ruled out any outside chance of making it to the playoffs by winning the remaining four games.
"We are pretty much not in the race for the playoffs. All we can do is enjoy the four remaining games," said Kohli.
Not one to mince words, Kohli said that it was RCB which lost the match rather than Pune winning it.
"We lost the game rather than them winning it. But we got to learn and move on from these kind of experiences," Kohli added.
Having lost seven out of 10 matches, including getting bundled out twice and nine wickets down in back-to-back games, Kohli said there could be a number of reasons behind RCB's dismal performance.
"Could be a few reasons, expectations, people looking at us as a good batting side that made the playoffs last year. Can't really pinpoint something — could be hesitation to get out, to get runs," he said.
Meanwhile, Rising Pune Supergiant captain Steve Smith praised man-of-the-match Lockie Ferguson for his impressive figures of 2/7 from four overs.
"Lockie Ferguson bowled beautifully. It's a magnificent effort from Lockie, hit good lengths and bowled good bouncers as well. He is an exciting player for the future," said Smith.
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