After a six-run win over the Punjab Kings to qualify for the IPL 2021 playoffs for the second time in consecutive years, Virat Kohli led RCB are getting closer to lifting the trophy for the very first time.
The match against PBKS was not an easy one as it swung both ways before RCB managed to hold onto their nerves and secure a qualifying win. At a given point of time when the two teams last met, PBKS had cheekily made a post when they seemed to be winning.
“Yahan pe sab Shanti Shanti hai (everything is very peaceful here)!” the tweet read along with a picture of the RCB dugout. The tweet has now been deleted. Punjab Kings went on to win that match.
After the game on Sunday, RCB shared a video of their “dressing room chat” after the match, and before the team talk, Virat Kohli is heard saying “Bohot Shanti hai Aaj (It’s very peaceful today)”.
Watch the clip here:
— Neelabh (@CricNeelabh) October 4, 2021
Kohli also shared his views in the post-match presentation after their qualifying win. He said:
Feels amazing. After 2011, we haven’t done it with games to spare. Eight wins out of 12 games is a great campaign. We have two more opportunities to finish in the top two. Should give us motivation to play even more fearlessly.”
We have had an endeavour to improve – Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli looks to be sitting in the passenger seat being defensive in the UAE leg of the IPL 2021 and has allowed other batsmen like Devdutt Padikkal and Glenn Maxwell to go for the big shots, feels the batters can take more risks when the team has not lost any wicket.
“When you don’t have any wickets on the scoreboard, you can take more risks. Which myself and Dev (Padikkal) have to. 15-20 runs on this ground can be crucial. We have to plug those areas. As a side, we have had an endeavour to improve, whether in losses or wins,” Kohli added.
RCB has already qualified for the IPL 2021 playoffs with 2 games left. In order, to finish on the top they will have to win their remaining fixtures against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Delhi Capitals (DC).