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Kohli hopes to end RCB trophy drought

ESPNcricinfo staff

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!!

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