Kumble praises Royal Challengers hero Kohli
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Anil Kumble was full of praise for Virat Kohli who’s man of the match performance against the Highveld Lions seal the IPL franchise a place in the Twenty20 Champions League semi finals.
Set a target of 160 for victory the Royal Challengers were on the verge of slipping to defeat before a late innings charge by Kohli who smashed 49 from just 29 balls to seal victory.
"As long as wickets were there, and Virat was in with Whitey, we knew it was about one good over. Virat also bowled well and his spell was critical. Virat and my spell at the middle overs was crucial. Dillon and Steyn also bowled really well in the end," said Kumble after the game.
"I was disappointed with my performance in the previous game. But no better time to step up than in the next game. Nice to go back to Durban. Hope Chennai makes it there," he added.
Kohli meanwhile was pleased to be out in the middle when it mattered to help finish off the game putting behind the disappointed of his failure to against the Mumbai Indians.
"Really happy to be there till the end, and the team won. I was really disappointed that I couldn't finish it off in the last game despite taking it to the last ball. Happy to do it this time," said Kohli.
"T20 games turn in one over. I was waiting for it, and it came in the 17th over. I messed up with Uthappa's run out and apologised to him. He is a good friend, doesn't mind that," he added.