Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli scored a majestic 62-ball 92* against the Mumbai Indians on Tuesday night, but his knock couldn’t ensure the victory for RCB. After three successive defeats, MI registered a thumping 46-run win thanks to their captain Rohit Sharma’s glorious 52-ball 94.
During his crafty knock, Kohli broke quite a few records. He went past Suresh Raina’s tally of 4558 IPL runs to become the leading run-scorer in the cash-rich event. Kohli now boasts of 4619 runs in IPL after 153 matches. Moreover, the RCB captain also earned the ‘Orange Cap’ by becoming the highest run-getter for this season. However, Kohli did not feel like donning the prestigious ‘Orange Cap’ last night.
“It was a good game of cricket as far as Mumbai were concerned. I don’t feel like wearing this (orange cap) right now because it really doesn’t matter. We got off to a great start but we just threw it away, and need to reflect on our dismissals. We knew there would be a little bit of dew, we needed not your 40-45s but 80-85s," Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
While chasing the mammoth target of 214, RCB got off to a flier as Virat and Quinton de Kock put on 40 runs for the opening wicket in just 4 overs. However, they kept on losing wickets from one end with none of the batters crossing the mark of 20 runs. Amidst the collapse, Kohli stood tall and tried to narrow the margin of defeat.
“In the end it was all about making sure that the run-rate doesn’t take a hit; credit to Mumbai though, they bowled really well. We didn’t get any chances, we bowled in the areas we thought were good but they counter-attacked well,” Kohli asserted.
He also credited the Mumbai batsmen for turning things around after a couple of heart-wrenching defeats in the past 10 days.
“When you have your backs against the wall you do come out with a performance like this and that’s what they did. Even after they were two wickets down they showed resilience like good teams do. We tried our hardest but we just couldn’t get wickets in the middle stages,” Kohli concluded.