A tight contest again. Royal Challengers will feel very disappointed though, having been in a good position with the bat but to only end up with 138. An all-around show from Narine – he followed 4 for 21 with a quickfire 26 to trouble the opposition – which means Knight Riders are just one step away from the final. A dejected Kohli shakes hands with the opponent, having decided to give up captaincy of Royal Challengers earlier this season.
Richard Wesley: “Feel sad for RCB’s exit. They had a great season!! That was Kohli’s last match as RCB skipper.”
Kohli’s Fans : “Thank you Kohli. I’ve I’ve a supporter of the idea of him stepping down as captain for a couple of years now, but, it is an undisputed fact that Kohli has given complete time and effort to the team and played every match with passion, leading from the front as a captain. Some things just don’t work out but that shouldn’t take much away from Kohli’s legacy as a captain.”
Virat Kohli: “I think those middle overs where their spinners dominated the game was the difference. They kept bowling in tight areas and kept picking wickets. We had a great start and it was about quality bowling and not bad batting. They thoroughly deserve to win this one and be in the next round. The fight till the end with the ball has been the hallmark of our team.
That one big over [22 runs] in the middle deflated our chances. We fought till the last over and made an amazing game out of it. 15 runs less with the bat and a couple of big overs with the ball cost us. Sunil Narine has always been a quality bowler and today he once again showed it. Shakib, Varun and him created pressure and didn’t allow our batsmen to get away in the middle.
[On him leaving captaincy at RCB] I have tried my best to create a culture here where youngsters could come in and play with freedom and belief. It is something I have done with India as well. I have given my best. I don’t know how the response has been, but I have given 120% to this franchise every time, which is something I will now do as a player.
It is a great time to regroup and restructure for the next three years with people who will take this ahead. [On him staying with RCB] Yes definitely, I don’t see myself playing anywhere else. Loyalty matters more to me than worldly pleasures. I would be in the RCB till the last day I play in the IPL.“
Virat Kohli as RCB captain in IPL
4 no results
– One Final appearance in IPL (2016)
– Two wooden spoon finishes (2017 & 2019)
Narine | Player of the Match: Any good performance in a match-winning game is always good. Today was my day and made the best use of it. All wickets I enjoy. I’m not that close to what I was before but I’m getting there. Hard work is paying off. Always get some heartbeats before the game. But cool and calm during the game. Prefer to have the ball in hand which you can control.
Video of Best Moments of RCB vs KKR Match : Eliminator : IPL 2021https://t.co/DSe0ID2ehY— avishkar govardhane (@avishkargovardh) October 11, 2021