Calcutta: The pressure is on the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and it has taken some of the effervescence off captain Virat Kohli and made head coach Daniel Vettori even quieter.
Vettori, however, did briefly speak to The Telegraph on Wednesday evening, on the eve of the first of two must-win matches.
Should RCB lose to the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), at the Eden, their play-off aspirations will end.
“The reality is that KKR are ahead of us on the points table and, so, it’s up to us to come out guns blazing and get the two points,” Vettori said at the ITC Sonar.
Vettori, a former New Zealand captain, added: “KKR have bounced back strongly. They’ve had five wins on the trot and, so, our task is cut out. We have to win.”
The Gautam Gambhir-led KKR have a four-point advantage over RCB.
Meanwhile, speaking exclusively, RCB spearhead Mitchell Starc acknowledged that KKR “are a very dangerous team” with “some very good players.”
Starc added: “It’s really about what we can do to make sure we give ourselves the best chance... It’s important to focus on the things we can control.”
But is it too late?