Kohli feels that it is a huge honour for him to bat alongside the South African veteran AB de Villiers. He also feels that his team has still got the chance to get to the playoffs.
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Winning a game while chasing down the target has become the trademark of Virat Kohli, the current skipper of the Indian national team and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Fans witnessed again a prolific run chase as Kohli partnered with AB de Villiers and contributed a 118 run partnership for the third wicket against Delhi Daredevils in a match at the Feroze Shah Kotla.
Kohli and De Villiers during the match against Delhi
Bangalore are currently at the seventh place on the points table, but the skipper is quite optimistic about their chances. RCB not only have to win all their remaining games but also have to wait for certain results to go their way.
After the match against Delhi, Kohli said that the bowlers have conceded way more runs and bowling was not up to the mark. He also added that as they were chasing the target, they had the authority all through the game.
Moreover he also said that they wanted to end the game as early as possible to lift the net run rate, as at this stage NRR plays a huge important role.
“We were not clinical with the ball, but these guys played well. The chase, however, was ideal. Bowling first is better at this stage, because it’s easier for batsmen to take responsibility. You can almost set up the game how you like. That’s what works for our boys. I was disappointed getting out since we had the run-rate in control. Wanted to finish it with three overs to spare and get the net run-rate up. It cost us 10-12 balls to get the victory,” Kohli said to PTI.
Kohli scored 70 from 40 balls while his partner AB de Villiers stayed till the end and finished the game with 72 off 37 balls. After having a masterclass partnership with the South African, Kohli shared his experience of batting with him.
“It is lovely batting with AB. We have done this many times in the past. It was a stiff chase, but in the mid-innings break, AB told me ‘don’t worry, we’ll get this’, and that helped me get in the zone. I don’t need to say much. It has been an honour for me to bat with him,” said Kohli.