Royal Challengers Bangalore failed to qualify for the IPL playoffs for the third successive year but Virat Kohli said he was proud of the way his team fought after losing 6 matches in a row at the start of the 2019 Indian Premier League. RCB defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 4 wickets to end a disappointing campaign on a high.
Virat Kohli also paid a touching tribute to RCB’s fans who have been loyal to their team and supported them through a lean phase after finishing as runners-up in 2016. On April 2, the crowd at the Chinnaswamy stayed back in the anticipation of a game.
The match was reduced to 5-overs-a-side but even that was washed out as the rain returned.
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Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers had said sorry to RCB fans before their final match. Both men failed with the bat on Saturday but RCB rode on half-centuries from Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh to sign off with a consolation win.
After the match, Virat Kohli spoke to the host broadcaster and thanked the crowd for their support.
“I certainly feel your pain,” Kohli said. “Hats off to this crowd. They are the best fans in the IPL.”
Virat Kohli said he was happy with the way Royal Challengers Bangalore played after the first half of the campaign. RCB were winless for the first 6 matches but finished the season with 5 wins from the next 8 matches.
“If we focus on the second half, it is exactly what we wanted in the first half. We have a lot to learn from this season.
“The first couple of things matters a lot. We were happy with the kind of cricket that we played in the second half. We haven’t finished in the position that we wanted to. But it has been that bad a season for us. We have won last 6 of our 7 matches.
“We can be proud of the boys played in the final few matches,” Kohli said.