Royal Challengers Bangalore Captain Virat Kohli He believes that “qualifiers and eliminators” are just coined words to create more pressure and insists that his team is capable of winning two more games to reach the IPL final.
RCB finished third in the points table behind Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings and will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator on Monday.
The captain seemed unfazed that his team could not make it to the top two.
“We have a lot of faith in our team, if the top two places (in the points table) are not there, we will have to win two more matches to reach the finals and we are fully prepared for that,” Kohli said. Star Sports show Inside RCB.
“You prepare for all kinds of possibilities, and the way I see it, qualifiers and eliminators are just words that exist to create more pressure for these matches.”
“When you play cricket, you either win or you lose, so when you think you have two options (win or lose), that mindset can potentially turn into a negative,” he added. .
Should RCB take a win against KKR, they will have to cross the capitals in the second qualifier on Wednesday to set up a summit clash against CSK.
“Our focus is to go out, execute our plans and win the game. When your only option is winning, and losing is not an option, your performance takes another level and I think our team is in the right place to execute our plans. “
Former South African batsman AB de Villiers He believes that going to the knockout stage will not change much in the team’s game plan.
“Naturally, the intensity goes up when everything is on the line, you would think we have put in a lot of effort by the time we started the IPL, so it is natural for the juices to start flowing a little more.
“The skill remains the same, my game plan won’t change much, and I think the cricket we’re trying to play won’t change much.
“He (Virat Kohli) will be as adrenaline-filled as ever. And he’ll make sure we’re all in fifth gear once the Eliminator starts.