IPL 2021: Virat Kohli posts emotional message after RCB's exit, says 'not the result we wanted'
Virat Kohli played his last match as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper on Monday. But things didn't go according to plan as Sunil Narine ran through the RCB line-up, helping the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) clinch the Eliminator.
Virat, taking to social media, posted an emotional message for cricket lovers around the world. "Not the result we wanted but I am so proud of the character shown by the boys throughout the tournament. A disappointing end but we can hold our heads high. Thank you to all the fans, management & the support staff for your constant support," Kohli tweeted.
Not the result we wanted but I am so proud of the character shown by the boys throughout the tournament. A disappointing end but we can hold our heads high. Thank you to all the fans, management & the support staff for your constant support. 🙏 @RCBTweets pic.twitter.com/VxZLc5NKAG— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 12, 2021
KKR captain Eoin Morgan said his team's four-wicket win over RCB in the IPL Eliminator looked easier due to Sunil Narine's outstanding individual effort.
Narine took 4 for 21, including wickets of Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers, and then hit 26 off 15 balls with three sixes in KKR's successful chase of 139 in 19.4 overs.
"Narine makes it look very easy. He bowled outstandingly well. Throughout the innings, we continued to take wickets. Good start from the bowlers, and we were in control in the chase," Morgan said after the match.
Asked about having three world class spinners in his ranks, Morgan said: "I quite like it. It is a huge privilege when there are world-class spinners around. They continue to get better and better," he said.
KKR's batting depth did help on the day after some mid-innings jitters. "When it comes off (with our batting order), it looks quite deep."
Asked if it will be an advantage to play in Sharjah again against Delhi Capitals on Wednesday in Qualifier 2, Morgan said,"For us, it is a matter of coming back and adjusting. We are looking forward to it."
"I thought we had a chance [when we landed in the UAE], but the cricket we have played has surprised everybody. Everyone came with a drive to perform... Narine is a cool customer and is very level-headed."
Player of the match Narine termed it as his greatest T20 performance.
"Definitely (one of the greatest T20 performances). When you perform, and the team comes out winning," he said.
He hit three sixes off Dan Christian in his four deliveries.
"I am prepared to be out first ball. Some days it comes off, some days it doesn't." Asked which was the best out of his four scalps, Narine said: "I enjoy all wickets, but getting Kohli and tying them was my goal. It was a total team effort."
He is getting more and more confident with his remodelled action but he is still not close to it.
"I am getting close - not that close as yet like before - and the hard work has paid off. (I am) pretty calm and cool when it comes to cricket. I like funny stuff as well."
(With PTI inputs)