Royal Challengers Bangalore burdened with title pressure: Virat Kohli
By: Reuters | New Delhi |

Updated: April 5, 2020 1:58:01 pm


Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Captain Virat Kohli reacts during the Indian Premier League (IPL T20 2019) cricket match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Rajasthan Royals( RR) at Sawai Man Singh stadium in Jaipur Royal Challengers Bangalore are but to win IPL title (Source: PTI File)

Royal Challengers Bangalore have to rediscover the enjoyment of cricket if they’re to finish their Indian Premier League (IPL) title drought, captain Virat Kohli has stated.

Star-studded Bangalore have reached three finals of the Twenty20 league however are one among solely three current franchises — alongside with Delhi and Punjab — to not have received the title.

“You go after something so badly, and it keeps running away from you,” Kohli instructed former England batsman and ex-RCB group mate Kevin Pietersen in an Instagram chat.

“It has simply that added stress lately. We’ve simply thought, ‘this is the season, this is the season’, and that’s blown us all over.

“I think we need to get that joy back,” Kohli stated.

The India captain acknowledged that expectations have been certain to be excessive from a group that includes among the most damaging Twenty20 batsmen in cricket.

“When you will have among the largest names to play for RCB, clearly there’s going to be rather more consideration on the group.

“Even with this team — myself, AB (de Villiers) and (Chris) Gayle has played recently for us as well — we’re always going to be more in focus. We’ve spoken about it,” Kohli stated.

“We’ve reached three finals … however these issues are irrelevant until the time you don’t win that title.

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“Even when we’ve had the best team, we’ve just not been able to do it. That’s one of our main goals. We deserve to win the title,” Kohli stated.

Their bid for a maiden IPL title must wait although, as the beginning of this 12 months’s event has been put again to April 15 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with one other postponement seemingly inevitable.

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