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Kohli hopes to end RCB trophy drought

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April 13, 2014

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Virat Kohli drops a catch off David Miller, Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2013, Mohali, May 6, 2013
Hard to catch: The IPL trophy has eluded Royal Challengers so far © BCCI
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Virat Kohli, the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, hopes that his franchise will finally be able to win the IPL this season in their seventh attempt. Royal Challengers have made the final of the T20 league twice before but a title win still remains elusive despite having players of the caliber of Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers at their disposal. The franchise also put in the highest bid of this year's auction to gain the services of Yuvraj Singh, and Kohli said that with their latest acquisitions, Royal Challengers hoped to go all the way.

"This time around we will hope to go few more steps ahead and actually get that trophy," Kohli said at a promotional event in Mumbai. "We have added a few more quality players in the side and I am sure we will come out with flying colours.

"We try every year to win and we have a strong team. We will try to win the trophy because we have got a good combination this time and we will try to utilise it. We have a great team, great bunch of guys ready to perform well. We do well every year, we excite a lot of people in the IPL."

Just a week ago, Kohli was declared the Player of the Tournament in the World T20 in Bangladesh and has had to swiftly adjust to franchise responsibilities with Royal Challengers. He said the IPL was more about enjoying oneself as players took a break from their international duties.

"The more we enjoy cricket, it will be that much better in IPL. In IPL there is a lot of enjoyment of players. Everybody is relaxed coming from international schedule. There is a good atmosphere and we will try to utilise it."

Royal Challengers will play their first match against Delhi Daredevils on April 17 in Sharjah.

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Posted by   on (April 16, 2014, 23:51 GMT)

whatever team dinda played team has finished in last two places.so all the best rcb with finda

Posted by rohanblue on (April 16, 2014, 18:34 GMT)

rcb is south africa of ipl, great team, no trophy........

Posted by   on (April 15, 2014, 21:29 GMT)

Yupppp!!!!! we will win this time Mr.Perfect...Don't forget that we have 5 destructive batsmen in this world Including you champ...Yuvi my hero will rock this time..no matter whats others saying...But be patience be calm...Trophy Will be ours CHAMP..bst ov lck 4 17th

Posted by Valavan on (April 15, 2014, 13:08 GMT)

@cptmeanster, just giggling comments from you. mother of T20 league, son of World T20, IPL is just same as bigbash, amount of money involved is more and that alone cannot decide the quality of tournament. Even after so much spendings, its a distant dream for a Team so called the best in T20 by their 1 billion fans do not able to win the tournament after 2007. Now i feel like in 2007, all teams were new so India managed to steal the WCT20 but now teams getting acquainted well with T20 and India is not able to have their ladyluck always on their side. CPT personally i enjoy your comments, You are a serious comedian here. cricinfo please publish.

Posted by   on (April 15, 2014, 1:30 GMT)

Yuvi is their biggest gamble. Too big a gamble, fitting with the personality of the owner. The team may " try" him as an opener (another gamble), since he is "MORE uncomfortable" with spinners than pacers, in recent times. Once he gauges the spinners, the balls will fly over the boundary.

If he still struggles, RCB may do a "MI's Ponting" on him. A sort of "mercy benching". Or cut the loss, in the business jargon. If he gets back his mojo (hopefully), the owner will get his ROI. If Kohli shares the opening partnership with him, Kohli can also "guide" his friend through. At least Kohli can try (which he didn't do at Dhaka). Redemption time for Kohli for his T-20 World Cup abstinence.

Posted by myStraightTalk on (April 14, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

The sooner they bench Yuvraj there is a better chance to win this time. MI did a wrong decision of picking Ricky Ponting but later recovered very well after benching him.

Posted by   on (April 14, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

Kohli, it's all Kohli, it's like a one man army

Posted by   on (April 14, 2014, 11:56 GMT)

RCB could be an entertaining team on the field, but i dont see a title winning combination. Top betting sites have given equal odds for CSK and RCB which is quite surprising. Firstly kohli is one bad captain who stands no close to dhoni captaincy standards. No need to mention the weak RCB bowling resources. With struggling gayle and yuvraj we seen in world t20 bangladesh , this is not what RCB asked for. CSK on the other hand got striking batsmen in Mc cullum and Smith. they got the best spin combo with attacking ashwin and badree who did bowl a lot in powerplays and wer most sucessful t20 bowlers currently. CSK retained most of their core with bravo , jadeja , raina , mohit all of whom were always successful with IPL. Beefed up with more domestic talents in aparjith , manhas, pandey , nehra CSK are set to rock IPL again. My 11 for CSK would be : 1. Faf 2. Smith/mcculum 3. Raina 4. Aparjith/manhas 5. Bravo 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Pandey/Nehra 9. Ashwin 10. Badree 11. Mohit

Posted by vipinchirackal on (April 14, 2014, 10:23 GMT)

bangalore should utilise the local players in bowling like RR did at batting.they have good bowlers like abu nachim,sandeep warrier.i strongly feel sandeep can create some wonderful moments for RCB.we really want to win rcb because of kohli.last time we clappe for mumbai because of sachin and this time it will be rcb for kohli

Posted by   on (April 14, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

they are the chokers of IPL!!! I dont think they can manage to win the trophy!!

Posted by   on (April 14, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

wow kohli n abd are going to be batting together. arguably world's no.1 and no.2 batsmen.I rate abd bit higher than kohli ATM but he is not far behind. my favorite eleven for the opening match 1.patel 2.gayle 3.kohli 4.yuvaraj 5.abd 6.albie morkel 7.starc 8.sachin rana.9.jakati 10.&11should be choose among Abu nechim, dinda,varun

Posted by Prats6 on (April 14, 2014, 6:32 GMT)

RCB will do a lot better back at home than at slow low pitches at UAE, don't expect too much from them.

Posted by KnightRider12155 on (April 14, 2014, 5:20 GMT)

This is the year of RCB. Firing kholi, Storm gayle, AB, Murali and Rampaul and smarting yuvi who will prove why kholi wanted him so bad... IPL 2014, this time for RCB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (April 14, 2014, 3:51 GMT)

everyone seem to forgot abdv clearly he is the one and only player who can walk into any team,in any format,at any place in the world. guy who plays according to team needs. people easily forget end overs exploits by ab. does anyone disagree?

Posted by   on (April 14, 2014, 3:30 GMT)

Yuvi was at his bad at T20 WC 2014. But if if if he finds form, IPL 2014 is for RCB because he is a fighter. Although I am CSK fan, want him back in Indian Team with stunning confidence. If not, bye bye RCB and bye bye Yuvi. Do Now or Never... ;)

Posted by svenkat02 on (April 13, 2014, 22:38 GMT)

Tough again for RCB. They will always be a team of superstars, who will fail to click together and that too in the crucial moments.

CSK has spiced up their team big time by adding players like Dwayne Smith and McCullum. These two would most likely mean that CSK wont miss Hussey. I think letting Huss go was probably a strategic decision because with Huss at his age, he can stop performing anytime. These guys are at a better place age wise and are bigger hitters of the cricket ball. I think Huss and Morkel are replaced by these two, with Faf expected to take up senior responsibilites. The XI for CSK should be (for most games):

Smith/McCullum, DuPlessis/McCullum, Raina, Manhas/Aparajith, Dhoni, Bravo, Jadeja, Ashwin, Pandey/Nehra, Hilfenhaus, Mohit/Nehra

Posted by Herath-UK on (April 13, 2014, 20:16 GMT)

There are two types of players in the IPL who are very active with their national teams and those who have retired or about the time for that or have no place in their national teams for whatever reason who I think work their guts out to cling onto the IPL.It is hard to believe & you are in a fool's paradise to think active international players give the same passion, hard work & work ethic;just finished world T20 is a very good example showing how poor to take the IPL form & scores to the world stage. The only exception is for indian players in the IPL. However Kohli looks to have the golden touch at present & though he could not lift the Asia cup as a leader,I think RCB will win the trophy this time because of him.

Posted by soumyas on (April 13, 2014, 19:45 GMT)

@Asawari Palwankar... truely said, Kohli expresses all his emotions right at moment, it is good to see his passions but it will reveal what is on his mind, smart opponents can play with that, It is always difficult to predict dhoni's mind and his moves, Kohli shud learn from dhoni.

Posted by   on (April 13, 2014, 18:53 GMT)

It's good that all have written yuvraj off. His career is at fag end. Now let's see I'm betting that he will play 2015 world cup . as no rohit ashwin can win anything big as we have seen. It will be either yuvraj or sehwag. .Mark my words

Posted by   on (April 13, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

If RCB wants to win IPL, Kohli needs to improove his leadership skill. Though Kohli is very class batsman, his leadership skill is always in scrutiny. Jst rememberf his last years performance as a leader. Against MI match after Rohit won the toss & elected to bat. Virat exprssed his remark that he has got surrised by Rohits decision. Kohli was not not suppose to comment their on opposite captains decision. And Rohits decision provved right as MI won that match. Plus many occassions Virat showed his impatienceness on ground. A leader should not show his imbalanceness on ground. A leader should be cool on ground. It was Rohits leadership helped MI to win both IPL & CL last year. Virat should learn from MSD & Rohit about leadership skill. To win big tournament like IPL, a leader should be calm on the field. All the best Virat, Rohit. Both are real stars of India

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (April 13, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster I am sorry, maybe you misunderstood what I meant. I was talking about the international pressures the players face in the National team. I am not saying that it is an excuse for his performance -he is a professional and an old one at that, it shouldn't affect him at all- but the IPL has a more relaxed and fun atmosphere that could help him out. I do believe it is an entertaining and amazing platform for many to showcase their skills. @ YogifromNY I agree, with Kohli still lacking in that department, although to be fair, he just stated in an interview that he'd like the services of Yuvi. It was really upto Mallya to listen to the experts and make decisions, not just go on Kohli's word. CSK are still strong, and they bought McCullum to replace Hussey so it won't bite them. Plus, Hussey is getting really old. I doubt he will be able to maintain his form for three more years (much like Gilchrist). So CSK were thinking ahead.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (April 13, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

@Mr.CricketJKNotHussey: Disagree with you on the 'IPL not being rigorous part'. The IPL is an extension of international cricket because it's the same players who participate in both versions of the sport. Sure, they don't represent their countries BUT the passion, hard work, work ethic are all SAME. Players are not naive any more. Ask Kohli or Hussey or Kallis and they will tell you they give the same effort towards their respective franchises that they gave their national sides. This IPL will be the BEST one yet thanks to Mr. Gavaskar and team. We will witness some passionate, electrifying cricket equalling the World T20. Can't wait.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (April 13, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

@Kashi0127: Aaahhh, here we go again ! Man, these kind of comments are very old. Time has moved on and so should you. The IPL is the mother of T20 leagues and the best in the world. IPL is serious cricket and under Mr. Gavaskar, it will soon become the most credible too. Every player and fan is serious about their teams and are looking forward to this 7th edition including myself. The fact you are here commenting goes to show how much you follow the league. Don't deny that ! xD

Posted by YogifromNY on (April 13, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

Virat - you are absolutely my favorite batsman in world cricket, but you have miles to go before you can learn the tactics that make Dhoni such an astute limited overs captain and planner. RCB's bowling has been the main cause of their not winning any title and what does Virat advise team owner Mallya to do? Splurge big money on a total has-been like Yuvraj, who has not had ONE good IPL since 2008. RCB's bowling is still lousy.

Over at Chennai, Dhoni got his team composition almost right, though letting Michael Hussey go and picking Dwayne Smith in his stead might still come back to bite them. And this year, DD look like the dark horse team that could surge up the charts. And of course, I hope that the team that I have supported since the start of the IPL (Rajasthan Royals) comes good as it usually does, though playing on Ahmedabad's dead pitches might trip them up.

Posted by jee1 on (April 13, 2014, 15:41 GMT)

RCB best XI: 1)Gayle 2)Parthiv Patel 3)Virat kohli 4)AB 5)Yuvi 6)Zol 7)Morkel 8)Starc/Rampaul 9)Harshal Patel 10)Varun Aaron 11)Jakati

Posted by   on (April 13, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

Mumbai and RCB are my favs for the title however I think CSK and Dehli will give them a good run for their money. RCB look to have the strongest team however they seem to falter in the crucial moments. Dehli look a force with KP and co but I can't see past mumbai not defending their title. If Sharma, Hussey, polly, Corey and bhajji and Malinga fire the title will remain with mumbai

Posted by Kashi0127 on (April 13, 2014, 15:07 GMT)

Again another season of Reality show called IPL is here to kill whatever is left in Cricket. This make believe stuff is insult to human intelligence. ?Hope people get mature enough soon to see through what it really is.

Posted by wapuser on (April 13, 2014, 14:55 GMT)

Hussain Shujaee, you named 5 international players, which isn't possible. Instead of Henry, I'm thinking Dhoni will pick Mohit Sharma.

Posted by cricraz on (April 13, 2014, 14:39 GMT)

RCB should have picked up some indian batting talent instead of splurging on Yuvi!. Delhi has a tonne of Indian batting talent, both Saurabh and Manoj Tiwary, Mayank Agarwal and Kedahr Jadhav. RCB has decent indian pace talent( I know india and pace talent don't sound right!). They should trade one or two of their bowlers for either tiwary or agarwal. My present XI is Gayle, Parthiv Patel( wk), Kohli, Yuvi, ABD, Zol, Albie Morkel, Mitchell Starc, Jakati, Dinda, Varun Aaron

Posted by   on (April 13, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

Csk are going to rock this ipl 2014

My Dream CSK Eleven:

Smith McCullum Faf Raina

Dhoni Jadeja Ashwin Nehra Henry Badree

Posted by LongLiveTestCricket on (April 13, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

After the experiences of last year, their complete focus should have been on bowling but they messed it big time with wasting big money on Yuvraj.They could have improved their bowling by getting two top foreign bowlers such as Johnson. With inexperienced Aaron & Dinda, inconsistent Starc and an increasingly ineffective Murali, they surely won't be able to defend many totals even around 180-200, which would be a disappointment for the batting talent they possess. Initial rounds they may win some games but don't see them going beyond a 4th place finish largely due to this faulty strategy. Since they haven't learnt the lesson from last year, hopefully they will do this time and plan better for next year.

Posted by Pathiyal on (April 13, 2014, 12:32 GMT)

but one thing is sure - virat will never fancy himself batting with yuvi when RCB require say some 30 runs in 20 balls :-))))) we have not seen many great innings from the champ like the way we see him in international matches. hope to see some explosive batting this time in partnerships with gayle, yuvi etc and some new milestones.

Posted by mdagascar on (April 13, 2014, 11:52 GMT)

Rcb wil win the tropy this year surely but the big problem was spin . my playing eleven is 1.gayle 2.v zol 3.virat 4.yuvi 5.abd 6.albe 7.rampal/starc 8.dinda 9.jakati/chal 10.aron 11.s warrior

Posted by Shridharan.S on (April 13, 2014, 11:43 GMT)

I think Stephen Fleming has got two good buys for the Chennai Super Kings in Samuel Badree and Ashish Nehra. Though people must be doubting about Nehra's absence, he has the vast experience which Fleming mentioned. Badree, as we all know had a very good ICC World T20 and has a outstanding economy rate. Chennai Super Kings bowling looks complete with the likes of Bravo, Mohit, Ashwin, Nehra, Badree, Pandey, Jadeja, Negi and Hilfenhaus. Waiting to see Ashwin bowl in tandem with Badree. They have the ability to tie the opposition down and their 8 overs could well have a say in the outcome of a match. My CSK Eleven: 1.Dwayne Smith 2.Faf du Plessis 3.Suresh Raina 4.Baba Aparajith 5.MSD 6.Jadeja 7.Bravo 8. Ashwin 9.Badree 10.Mohit Sharma 11.Ashish Nehra

Posted by   on (April 13, 2014, 11:30 GMT)

His tactics against KXIP last year led to a downfall last year

Posted by Master_Mihil on (April 13, 2014, 11:21 GMT)

That iconic photo.. :D Kohli is a bad influence on any team. Because of his outrageous talent every team he plays depends on him for every thing.

Posted by ramz30380 on (April 13, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

Its not surprising to see Kohli brimming with confidence. Why wont he the top two batsman across all formats of the game are part of RCB & Gayle is def a force to reckon with. With a friendly and casual atmosphere it wont be a surprise if Yuvi hits form. All the best future captain of India!

Posted by   on (April 13, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

It will be a test of team responsibility vs individual brilliance for Kholi in this IPL! Can he get the best if the team or will it be another show piece of his talent only?

Posted by Prasdhoni on (April 13, 2014, 11:16 GMT)

The Best XI for RCB would be:: 1.Chris Gayle 2.Vijay Zol 3.Virat kohli(c) 4.Yuvraj Singh 5.ABD(Wk) 6.Mitchell Starc 7.Albie morkel 8.Harshal patel 9.Shadab Jakati 10.Ashoke Dinda 11.Varun Aaron/ nechim

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (April 13, 2014, 11:10 GMT)

Who are the bowlers? RCB has the weakest bowling team of all. Toss will be the key-If Kohli loses the toss, he needs to bat first.

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (April 13, 2014, 11:08 GMT)

RCB banked so hard on Yuvraj and now they must e quite nervous indeed. In all fairness though, Yuvi could very well bounce back, considering the IPL is much less rigorous than international cricket, but he doesn't have a good IPL record to begin with, plus he is really low on confidence. Without him though, RCB look a bit weak. Their bowling still lacks a bite (other than Starc) and without an in form Yuvraj, they will again depend a lot on Gayle, Kohli and AB. Yuvi is key to their success this year, and should someone get injured, they really don't have the bench strength to compete.

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