IPL 2020: Privileged to be part of most competitive IPL, says Virat Kohli after SRH eliminate RCB

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Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli was dejected with this team's 5th loss in succession as they crashed out of the Indian Premier League 2020 on Friday after succumbing to a 6-wicket defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator in Abu Dhabi.

RCB, who were playing their first playoff game in 4 years, made a fist of the contest but ultimately failed to defend a paltry total of 131 on a slow pitch at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium and will now be returning home to India after a memorable campaign, which saw them finish in the top-four in the league stage for the first time since 2016.

Kohli dissected the loss after the match and rued the lack of runs of the board which costed them dearly against the 2016 champions. He also praised Kane Williamson for his unbeaten half-century which helped SRH chase down the target with 3 balls to spare.

"If you talk about the first innings I don't think we had enough runs on the board. We made one helluva game in the second half, the positions we got ourselves into in the second half.. It is a game of margins and if Kane was taken there then it is a different ball game.

"Altogether they put us under a lot of pressure in the first innings. Few soft dismissals, few fortunate ones for them as well and we just didn't have enough runs on the board. Maybe a bit of nerves, maybe a bit of hesitation, we need to be more expressive with the bat. We didn't have any phases in the game where we got away from the opposition. We just allowed bowlers to bowl to the areas they wanted to and didn't put enough pressure on them," Kohli said.

Together through the highs and lows. It's been a great journey for us as a unit. Yes things did not go our way but proud of the whole group. Thank you to all our fans for your support. Your love makes us stronger. See you all soon. #PlayBold @RCBTweets pic.twitter.com/jIULXT0DLz

— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 6, 2020

The RCB skipper however, did point out the positives that came out for the team this season, despite them having to return empty-handed once again.

"Couple of people have stood and had a good season, Devdutt is one of them and Siraj has had a good comeback. Yuzi has been solid as ever, AB has been solid as ever. Couple of positives for RCB and Devdutt is one of them, he stepped up nicely and getting 400+ runs is not easy. He has played with a lot of class and efficiency for the team. Very happy for him.

"The others contributed but just not enough. That also tells you the strength of the teams in the IPL, no team is run away favourites as such and every team has strong players, one of the other reasons is playing in only three venues and there's no home and away advantage. Similar conditions for everyone and that's the reason this has been one of the competitive IPL this year."

And Kohli concluded his final speech of IPL 2020 by thanking the loyal RCB fans, who supported and cheered for the team throughout the competition despite not having the chance to watch the games live from inside the stadium.

"It was amazing to have had this opportunity to come out and play. There's a bigger picture going around here and we are all contributing to that. To all our fans who have supported us like every year, we just want to thank them," Kohli signed off.

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