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“This was a freebie handed over to them”: Virat Kohli furious after RCB’s loss to KKR

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RCB batsman Virat Kohli openly criticized his teammates after Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) loss to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the recently concluded clash of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 on Wednesday. KKR led by stand-in skipper Nitish Rana outplayed Kohli’s RCB side in the 36th match of the IPL 2023 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

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Dejected Kohli openly acknowledged that RCB handed the game to KKR due to a lack of professionalism on-field. Virat Kohli, who captained RCB for the third time this season, accused Bangalore’s sloppy fielding and soft dismissals for their defeat to KKR.

Kohli during the post-match presentation, said,

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“To be honest we handed over the game to them. We deserved to lose. We weren’t professional enough. We bowled well but fielding was not up to standard. This was a freebie handed over to them. In the field, we dropped two chances, that cost us 25-30 runs. When batting, we set us ourselves up very well, but then (suffered) four-five soft dismissals.”

Kohli registered a 54-run knock in 37 balls. However, Kohli’s batting heroics went in vain as RCB only managed to register 179-8 while chasing the target of 200 runs in 20 overs. RCB side is placed fifth on the IPL 2023 points table after their 21-run defeat against Kolkata.

Kohli added,

“Not wicket-taking balls, but we hit straight to the fielders. Even while chasing, after losing wickets, one partnership brought us back in the game. We were one partnership short. We need to stay switched on, and not give away soft plays. We have won one and lost one on the road. It is not something that is making us nervous. We need to win some away games to be in good shape for the later stages of the tournament.”

RCB will next clash against KL Rahul‘s Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the 43rd match of the IPL 2023 at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium on Monday.

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