Strong characters is crucial to win crunch games: Kohli

Vastavam web: A dejected RCB captain Virat Kohli said that his team “deserved to lose” its do-or-die IPL game against Sunrisers Hyderabad as players didn’t show the kind of strong character that is crucial to winning crunch games.”We were not good enough and not up to the mark. We deserve to lose this game. We didn’t show enough application. The kind of shots we played were not on at that stage. This has been the story of our season,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

The Indian captain lauded Sunrisers Hyderabad for defending 25 runs from 18 balls with Siddarth Kaul and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowling brilliantly to win the match by five runs. Asked if Kane Williamson’s team are the best, Kohli observed that CSK or Kings XI Punjab look more solid as all-round outfit but undoubtedly the best bowling attack of IPL belongs to Hyderabad franchise.

“From the bowling point of view, SRH is the strongest. Overall, maybe you’d pick Kings XI or CSK.” Kohli’s opposite number Kane Williamson said that on a tricky surface like the one at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, a target around 150 would always have been challenging.Even with the ball, it was fairly similar where we sort of took wickets, stemmed flow of runs and then, some partnerships. We did feel that if you are able to be at our usual standard in the field, we could have operated a little bit better.

But, it is something that we can build on going into the next game. But, at the end of the day, it was very nice to fight hard in the field again and come away with the win, he said.Asked if the lack of finishers is a worrying factor for him, Williamson agreed that his batsmen need to play with a bit more freedom.RCB’s Mohammad Siraj hoped that his team would do better in the coming matches.