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IPL 2019 | Told Players to Look at Mirror & Ask If They Were Doing Enough: Kohli

Royal Challengers Bangalore endured a six-match losing streak in a forgettable IPL campaign, but captain Virat Kohli on Saturday said he could only tell the players to "look into the mirror" and ask themselves if they were doing enough.

PTI |May 4, 2019, 9:47 PM IST
IPL 2019 | Told Players to Look at Mirror & Ask If They Were Doing Enough: Kohli

New Delhi: Royal Challengers Bangalore endured a six-match losing streak in a forgettable IPL campaign, but captain Virat Kohli on Saturday said he could only tell the players to "look into the mirror" and ask themselves if they were doing enough.

"I remember after the 6th game everyone got together and we looked at each other and nodded our heads and that was it. We are doing everything possible and literally there is nothing going right. Even in the games when we were up for it 80% of the game and we would just lose it in those two overs," Kohli told Star Sports.

"We just had one message to give to the team that we are committed 120% every ball every minute. It is up to the individuals to look into the mirror and ask I am doing enough," he added.

Kohli, however, admitted that the team balance was not right "initially".

"We always try to do our best. Sometimes, the balance of the team just does not set right in a tournament like IPL, for the team to fire. Someone who gets the balance right from game one they go on and dominate all the games someone like CSK or Mumbai or Delhi. They have a good balance which unfortunately we could not initially," the India captain said.

Asked if RCB could have done things differently at the start of the tournament, Kohli said, "I think it is always important to start well in IPL. We have seen that in the past. I think 2016 was a freakish season where we just played well and, in the end, did not qualify. But if you don't start well your chances of qualifying becomes lesser and lesser.

"But if you collectively don't win for 6 games which none of us had experienced before, and we spoke about it and then everyone just woke up. I think it gets a little more difficult to go through the play-offs. But having said that we brought in a few new people as well. So, for them to settle in the IPL was not going to be easy. If some people got going then things would have been different."

Senior player and team-mate A B de Villiers said having some good players does not guarantee success on the field.

"The fact of the matter is tough to be a part of this tournament; it is very intense and it happens quickly. There are 8 world class cricket teams and any team can beat any team. We always come in as one of the favourites because we have some good players but that does not guarantee you success on the field," de Villiers said.

"After the season when you look back, during the season you feel like you are doing many wrong things but when you look back there are tiny moments where we were couple of wins away from really being in a good position a week or so back and that is what it takes sometimes."

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