Royal Challengers Bangalore have made the Indian Premier League playoffs for the first time since 2016 and captain Virat Kohli revealed it was a great feeling to be part of the last four in IPL 2020 while also pointing out that the aim is to go all the way till the finale.
Kohli led RCB to the playoffs, finished fourth after the league stages of the tournament despite having suffered 4 successive defeats. RCB will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2020 Eliminator on Friday in a bid to set-up Qualifier 2 clash against Delhi Capitals. While the RCB are coming in the playoffs on the back four back-to-back losses, SRH defeated the top three teams in successive games to finish their league stage campaign on a high.
"It's a great feeling to part of the last 4. Qualification is something every team aims for initially and we have crossed that hurdle. It's only exciting us more and more to be ready for what's to unfold next week for us. Really exciting times. The last time we qualified we know what happened. The team got a great boost and everyone got excited to go all the way. That's the aim. Feels great to back in playoffs after 3 years," Virat Kohli said in a video post on RCB's youtube channel.— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) November 6, 2020
"Staying in bio-bubbles does get difficult at times"
"It's repetitive, it's not as tough when the group of guys is amazing, which we have. Everyone part of that bio-bubble is really nice, the vibe has been so good. That's precisely why we've enjoyed playing together, just enjoyed our time in the bubble as well, but it does get difficult at times because it is repetitive.
"These things will have to be considered. Like what length of the tournament or series one is going to play and what impact it will have on players mentally to stay in a similar environment for 80 days and not do anything different. Or have space to just go and see family or small things like that. These things have to be thought about seriously. At the end of the day, you want the players to be in the best state mentally, based on how they're feeling. Those conversations should take place regularly," Kohli said.
RCB have never won an IPL title and Virat Kohli's team will be looking to break the jinx and lift the coveted trophy for the first time in the history of the tournament.