Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli is looking relaxed and happy ahead of the IPL 2020 Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The team after all, has qualified for the IPL playoffs for the first time in 4 years and are ready to give it their best shot against David Warner's side in the all-important clash on Friday.
Talking about the playoffs ahead of the clash, Kohli said he was happy that his team has reached this far in the competition and achieved the first goal that they had set out for when the tournament began in the United Aram Emirates in September.
"We are happy that we have qualified, we would have loved to be top-two but we have played good enough cricket to earn a qualification spot and we have been consistent enough to be one of the top-four teams," Kohli said during an interview on Star Sports. (SRH vs RCB, IPL 2020 Eliminator Updates)
RCB had the golden opportunity to finish in second place but a loss against Delhi Capitals in their final league game saw them drop down to fourth. Which means that a loss tonight will see either RCB or SRH crash out of the tournament.
But RCB are not worried about the past results and are only looking forward to the immediate challenges in front of them.
"The last game was a bittersweet moment, obviously with 3 games to go the conversation around the team was if we win we finish top-2 but such is the competition that no team gives up at any stage and any team can upset anyone at any stage.
"And here we are, we have a shot and opportunity and its all exciting from here on. We are just looking forward to the next 3 games till that IPL final. Very pleased that whatever we came to achieve, the first target we have done so and now it's on till the next plan that we already have in place," Kohli said.
The winner of the Eliminator between RCB and SRH will face Delhi Capitals in the second qualifier in Abu Dhabi on November. The winner of that contest will meet defending champions Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2020 final in Dubai on November 10.