Virat Kohli says it was ‘amazing’ to have the opportunity to play in the Indian Premier League after his Royal Challengers Bangalore team were knocked out by Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Bangalore were attempting to win the IPL for the first time in a tournament played behind closed doors in Dubai due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kohli’s side won seven of their 14 group games to qualify for the knockout stages but came up short against Hyderabad on Friday.
RCB could only post 131-7 in the eliminator clash – with Ab de Villiers top-scoring with 56 – and Sunrisers clinched a thrilling victory with two balls to spare thanks to Kane Williamson (50*) and Jason Holder (24*).
Hyderabad will now face Delhi Capitals in Sunday’s semi-final, with the winner progressing to Tuesday’s final, where they will meet defending champions Mumbai Indians.
India and RCB captain Kohli said: ‘It was a tough year. It tells you the strength of teams in the Indian Premier League.
‘You don’t have home and away so when conditions are same for everyone, the real strengths come out and I think that’s probably why this has been the most competitive IPL.
‘It was amazing to have the opportunity to come out and play. There’s a bigger picture going on around the world and we all have contributed to that.
‘We’re privileged we got to be part of that and gave something to the fans.’
Kohli added: ‘If you look at the first innings, I don’t think we had enough on the board.
‘The position we got ourselves in the second half, we probably needed better execution, but it’s a game of margins.
‘We just didn’t have enough runs on the board in my opinion.
‘We just allowed the bowlers to bowl where they wanted to and didn’t put them under pressure. We picked out the fielders a lot.
‘A couple of people have stood up and had good seasons. Devdutt, Siraj, Yuzi and AB have been solid as ever. So there’s a couple of positives.’
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