The ongoing season of the Indian Premier League has been nothing short of a disaster for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Virat Kohli-led side has endured a terrible run this season, winning just two out of their 13 games. The finalists of last year were the first team to bow out this season and have been shoddy in all departments. With just five points, the star-studded team is set to end up with the wooden spoon for the first time in the history of the tournament.
A team which had finished the last season as the runners-up and was heavily tipped as one of the favourites for this year’s title, 2 wins in 13 matches is totally shocking. But the players cannot do much in this regard except moving on and learning from their mistakes. And Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli is also not willing to dwell on the dismal campaign and is instead looking to use the experience as a learning opportunity.
The Bangalore-based outfit will have a chance to bow out of the tournament on a high when they Delhi Daredevils in the final game on Sunday (May 14) and Kohli is hopeful that his team will only get better after the drubbings they received throughout the season.
“It’s been tough but a great learning opportunity. We have all learned a lot from the season and I’m sure the guys have realised a lot about themselves. We’re only going to get better from here it cannot get any worse. We’ve had our worst season in 10 years and it’s an opportunity to start fresh,” Kohli told the media at the event held at the Ritz Carlton
Kohli’s form was also not up to the mark as he could manage only 250 runs in 9 matches compared to a mind-boggling 973 runs in the last season when he inspired his team to win six of their last seven league matches to make it to the playoffs. The India skipper’s form in the Test series against Australia, which preceded the IPL, was also dismal as he managed only 46 runs in 3 Tests.
And with nothing going his way, Kohli has the huge task of leading India in the upcoming Champions Trophy where they will be defending their title. The right-handed batsman admitted that it would be tough for him to switch to a different format at a time when he is struggling with the bat.
“But it doesn’t happen every time and you have to accept it. Similarly, for the ICC Champions Trophy, whatever I’ve done in the IPL; the preparation and doing my routines right – the same thing applies for the tournament,” Kohli said.
“When things are not going well, it’s very difficult to change formats. When things are okay, it’s not that tough. In general, I think it depends on how you mould your game and how basic you keep it and change it according to formats,” the 28-year old added.
He further added that keeping things simple has helped him to do well across all the formats.
“It’s definitely a switch in your head and nothing about practising differently. I base my game in such a way that I can apply it to all three formats and get the results that I desire.If you complicate things, it becomes difficult but if you keep it simple and back yourself you can succeed in all three formats,” the India skipper concluded.