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Focus on away ties: Virat

Bangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli on Saturday said that his team is focussing on winning more away games in order to increase the chance of qualifying for the knockout stage in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

“It is the away games we are focusing on more than how many to play here at home. We are quite familiar with what we need to do in Bangalore, but last year our drawback was we did not win away games and we could not qualify,” he told reporters here on Saturday, the eve of the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

However, the team needs to play good cricket in the remaining games, Kohli said. Moreover, the team will take the Indian leg of the IPL freshly even if they would have won all the five games in UAE, he said. “We take this as a fresh start in the IPL even if we had won five games out of five in the UAE leg,” he said.

Replying to a query, Kohli said losing should hurt but not annoy, otherwise the team drift away and the focus goes awry.

“Losing should hurt but it should not annoy you to make you drift away from what you have to do on the field,” he said.

It is the job of the coach and the captain to keep the team together and players should not panic, Kohli said.

“If you panic, then the guys will obviously scatter and not play together as a unit. I have gone through it before. The best way out of this is to stay relaxed and focus on holding on to the momentum,” he said.

Kohli said of all the defeats they faced, losing to Kolkata Knight Riders hurt them the most because they lost from a winning position. “The one we lost to KKR hurt the most because the other two games we did not play good cricket. We did not deserve to win those, to be honest,” he said.

Kohli said that RCB losing last three games in UAE which was a wake-up call for them to rectify their mistakes. “It is good we lost it is like wake up call. It helped us rectify our mistakes,” he added.