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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli said that his team requires playing positive games to return back from their losing streak when they suffered again another match against Gujarat Lions on Thursday.

RCB were comprehensively outclassed by Gujarat Lions, who has won by seven-wickets with 6.1 overs to extra to revive their Indian Premier League play-off hopes.

RCB has loss sixth match out of nine, skipper Virat Kohli said after the match, “It is never easy to lose games. Tonight was not clinical. We need to get better with our performances. You got to come out and play with intent.”

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“We tried to do it with the bat. The only way to come out of it is to play positive cricket. We are putting too much pressure on the team. Individuals need to stand up and take responsibility.”

The 28-year-old RCB captain didn’t give any reason for the top-order fall down to 23-3 by Andrew Tye previous in the innings. “The ball was coming on decently well. Both the innings under lights the ball behaves the same.”

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Kohli praised to Aaron Finch who strikes a 72 off 34 balls while chasing 135 to win. “Credit to Finch he played a fantastic knock. In a small chase it is important if one guy takes the momentum.”

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Gujarat Lions, who has won by seven-wicket with 6.1 overs to extra, skipper Suresh Raina said “The wicket did something with the new ball. AJ took back-to-back wickets. That was the turning point. It was a team effort today. Basil and Nathu were also accurate.”

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“We did very well in all departments. AJ, Faulkner, and Jadeja bowled really well. Then Finchy batted brilliantly.”

Lions captain said about the playing second fiddle to Finch, “Finch was smashing everything, I was just looking at ones and twos. Today’s win gives us a lot of confidence.”

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On Tuesday, Indian Premier League match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) was canceled because of nonstop rain made the ground unplayable.

Both the team sides got one each point from the discarded match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Heavy rain lashed the city in the evening but stopped just an hour before the match start.

It seemed that the match would follow the scheduled and also seen RCB team players started warming up on the ground. But again, it started raining just before the toss time and continue non-stop. There was no toss at all.

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Plenty of water was seen in many areas of the ground and frenetic labors of the ground staff went in hopeless as rain, at last, played the spoilsport.

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Although the cut-off time for a five-over discharge match was 11.26 pm, the match umpire called off the match at around 11 pm with the one point each due to non-stop rainfall.

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Team RCB jumped to the sixth spot with five points from eight matches while SRH stayed at third position with nine points from eight games. Sunrisers had won the match in the first-leg between two sides, the first victory in the opening match by 35 runs in Hyderabad.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore captain wants his team to come out of the uncomfortable batting disaster that they were full out for just 49 in the match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.

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On Sunday, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli was with silent words as he cut up his side’s performance against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League played at Eden Gardens.

Talking about the visitor’s hopeless display, Kohli said that their batting performance as worst and unacceptable. While chasing 131 runs RCB could score just 49 and all players were out. The lowest ever total recorded in the Indian Premier League and lost the match by 82 runs.

After the match, Kohli was upset and emotionally said that “This our worst batting performance, if not the worst of all time in IPL. It really hurts. I thought we could capitalize and chase the score down.”

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“I can’t really say anything now because it was that bad. As professional cricketers, we are expected to do much better. Our performance was unacceptable. Disgraceful batting, reckless from us, one of the worst collapses ever,” said Kohli.

RCB skipper failed to fire after playing a reckless shot as he strikes a widish delivery to make the catch to Manish Pandey straight at second slip.

When asked about his discharge, Kohli said “The sight-screen is very small here, one guy got up as the bowler was loading up, that distracted me. Still, it wasn’t a big deal. That was just one down. Nine guys could have done the job.”

Kohli said that his side had “nothing to review anything about the second half” of the match. “We need to forget it and move forward. We are a much better team. We got plus in the last game.”

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“I’m sure everyone realizes what they’ve done wrong. You have to come out, show intent and back yourselves. I’m sure we won’t bat like that again in the tournament.”

KKR’s Nathan Coulter-Nile bowls make Kohli bats struggle straight caught to Manish Pandey hand and while England’s Chris Woakes and New Zealand pace bowler Colin de Grandhomme returned figures of 3-6 and 3-4.

Kohli said “I’m sure we won’t bat like that again in the tournament. We’ve got back-to-back games, need to try and win those to get some momentum.”

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Indian team and Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli has declared fit by BCCI on Thursday and is all set to return to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Mumbai Indians on Friday, April 14th in the Indian Premier League match.

According to the reports, the BCCI said in a statement, “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Medical Team on Wednesday confirmed that Indian Cricket Team and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Mr. Virat Kohli has regained match fitness.”

“He will now be available for RCB’s next match against Mumbai Indians on April 14 in Bengaluru. The Indian Captain had undergone rehabilitation after sustaining an injury to his right shoulder and has now recovered to be able to participate in VIVO IPL 2017.”


The injured of RCB captain Kohli’s on his right shoulder while making a diving stop at the boundary of the first-day innings of the third Test at Ranchi against Australia. He has missed the fourth Test and final match in Dharamsala, with Ajinkya Rahane leading India in his absence and also missed the first three matches of RCB of the IPL season tenth.

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The RCB captain Kohli joined a bunch of players who were getting set for fielding and catching drills at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. It was also seen fast running around to hold on to some high and low catches under the alert eyes of team’s fielding coach Trent Woodhill.


He didn’t miss a single catch during the diving and throwing the ball at wicketkeeper Kedar Jadhav with huge power and was clearly sign of his recovery from his shoulder injury.

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The 28-year-old Indian team and RCB captain Kohli posted a video on his Instagram account of his gym session. Kohli post “Can’t wait to get back onto the field. Almost there now on 14th April?”

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Australia’s skipper Steve Smith said that he could not be sure if he was one of the “couple of players” from Australian team which India’s skipper Virat Kohli don’t want to be friend with.

After two days, Kohli said that his friendship with Australian cricketer has over after a spiteful Border-Gavaskar series. Skipper Kohli’s claims his comments which had been blown out of proportion.

On Thursday, Kohli tweeted “My answer at the post-match conference has been blown way out of proportion. I did not categorically say the whole Australian team but only a couple of individuals.”


“I continue to be in good terms with the few guys I know & who I’ve played with at RCB & that doesn’t change.”

The 27-year-old Australia’s skipper Smith will lead Rising Pune Supergiant in Indian Premier League of season 10th. Smith said he couldn’t be sure if he was one of the players of Australian team who Kohli does not agree to become friend with.

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 Smith said “I don’t know if I am one of those couple of players Virat was hinting at in his tweet today. That is for Virat to answer. For me the series is done and dusted and India have outplayed us. I am now ready to lead a new bunch of team at the Pune SuperGaint.”


Earlier before starting of four-Test series against Australia, India’s skipper Kohli said that he was a good friend with the Australian players.

In the mid-month of the series, when asked regarding the same question, Kohli said that it has changed.

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The 28-year-old India’s skipper said in the post-match press conference in Dharamsala “No, it has changed. I thought that was the case, but it has changed for sure. As I said, in the heat of the battle you want to be competitive but I’ve been proven wrong.”

“The thing I said before the first Test, that has certainly changed and you won’t hear me say that ever again.”

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After inquiring to Virat Kohli’s beliefs for not playing the four and final Test match in Dharamsala against Australia to save for the upcoming Indian Premier League, Australia’s former cricketer and right-handed batsman Brad Hodge, who bats in the middle order, has apologised to skipper Virat Kohli for his remarks.

The 42-year-old right arm off-spinner Hodge soon will join in the ILP at Gujarat Lions as a head coach. He took to the social media saying that he respects skipper Kohli and meant no ‘ill intentions.’

Hodge said in his apology letter that “As a professional sportsperson who has represented his country, I certainly understand what it means to step out on a cricket field donning your nation’s colours. It is the highest honour a sportsperson can ask for.”


“Keeping that in mind, I take this opportunity to apologise to the people of India, cricket fans, the Indian national cricket team and particularly Virat Kohli for my previous comments. My intension was never to harm, criticize or be derogatory towards anyone.”

“They were intended to be a light-hearted comment with the utmost respect to the Indian Premier League which I have thoroughly enjoyed through the years,” he added.

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“The Public & fans have every right to be upset, and the backlash I have received has certainly driven the point home.”

Hodge concluded apology to Kohli saying “Again, I am deeply apologetic to the country which has bought me so much joy, and its inspirational leader in Virat Kohli, to whom I mean no ill-intention & respect highly as a professional.”


After winning four-Test match against Australia by 8 wickets, Kohli said that it might take few weeks to become 100% perfect fit. He is likely to miss the first match of IPL which will play against Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Hodge asked Kohli on missing the first match of IPL, you’d be pretty dirty if you don’t try to win a valuable series against Australia.

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Hodge said to Fox Sports News’ Gameday Live “(Because) if you miss one game of Test match cricket and you’re fronting up the next week for RCB versus whoever, at Bangalore, Chinnaswamy Stadium…

“You’d be pretty dirty if he didn’t front up to a Test match and try and win a valuable series against Australia. You would think that your captain would get out there and get amongst the fight and get in there.”

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Indian veteran opener Gautam Gambhir said in support of his national teammate Virat Kohli injury to Brad Hodge for questioning. He said that player like Kohli who play for the country as captaining his team, would not want to miss again in an international match like in any other tournament.

The 35-year-old India’s opener Gambhir said to CNN “That’s absolutely not valid. I feel that someone who’s playing for their country and captaining it would never want to miss a Test match and would definitely want to play for Indian more than any other tournament. That’s always been the case.”

He added “Knowing Virat he would have never done that and these people, look if you want to be in the headline you can say anything you want and it’s just about making a headline or trying to get your name in the press by making such statements. If you don’t know the extent of the injury you should not be talking about it.”


Kohli has smashed four double centuries in four successive series. He was not capable of changing that starts that he got in the series against Australia.

Gambhir said “You should stop targeting one or two individuals, in a team sport there’s no point targeting one or two individuals, you should talk about the cricket. Taking someone individually or blaming someone individually or personally is something which should not work … it’s very immature.”

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Earlier when Hodge questioned Kohli’s principles, it says that Kohli is more eager to play the IPL.


Hodge said “You would think that your captain would get out there and get amongst the fight and get in there. You’d hope as a sportsman that he’s seriously injured. Because if you miss one game of Test match cricket and you’re fronting up the next week for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) versus whoever … you’d be pretty dirty if he didn’t front up to a Test match and try to win a valuable series against Australia.

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“It’s happened before. Not just Virat but there’s many players that have come up to IPL time and … look, we know it’s a cash-rich tournament, there’s some money up for grabs. There are certain players that will limp in, to IPL time, to make sure they get there and perform well,” Hodge added.

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The series against India and Australia might be over, however, skipper Virat Kohli said finally about the whole series fought on and off the field. Kohli made it clear that his team was extremely moved and would give it right back when they were poked.

This evidently had lots to perform with the stable fight that both India and Australia team fight not only in the middle innings but also outside the ground, which makes the series as spiteful ever.

After the match had ended of Dharamsala, the 28-year-old India’s skipper Kohli said in India’s favour, “Regardless of whether we are on top or not, we speak, if something pokes us we speak and give it right back.”

He said to official broadcasters ‘Star Sports’ that “All the people don’t digest it well but we take it very well and we give it back even better.”


He has been in the middle of things from even before the series start; Kohli was indifferent to the criticism.

Kohli said “Some people want to create some spice sitting at some part of the world. They don’t confront such situations themselves.  The easiest thing to do is to just sit at home and write a blog or speak on the mike but to go out there and bowl and bat is different.”

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Kohli was carefully enjoying the responsibility of leading a motivated side; he said “I like taking responsibility; every game that I play for India is an opportunity to do something special with my skills. I like getting involved in the game. The workload is something that needs to be kept in mind in future but right now when the body is responding well I am fine.”


He further added, “It’s been unbelievable. This is our best series win so far. The way we bounced back from World No 7 to No. 1 has been outstanding achievement and I am proud as a captain.”

“I thought (the series against) England was intense, but the way Australia gave us a fight it was amazing on their part but our guys kept bouncing back. We showed true character and maturity. The guys handled themselves well.”

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Kohli said about the captaincy of Ajinkya Rahane for winning the fourth Test. “Ajinkya led the team really well. It was very pleasing to see that from the outside.”

Talking about his recovery after his shoulder niggle, “It’s still a few weeks to go till I can be 100 per cent on the field. You have to take it in your stride and move forward.”


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