Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli faced heat on Twitter after his team was virtually ruled out of IPL 2018 playoffs race after succumbing to their seventh loss in 10 outings so far. RCB lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in a low-scoring affair at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on May 7.
Soon after the loss, Virat blasted out at his teammates and said: “We deserved to lose”. He, however, praised Kane Williamson-led Hyderabad for defending a low score against batting-heavy RCB.
“It was a (tough defeat) but that is how the game goes. We deserved to lose this game. We were not good enough on the day. We scored 60-odd runs in the first six overs and then we ended up like that. I don’t think we showed enough application. The kind of shots we played, they were not on at that stage. I think we threw it away,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
@imVkohli during practice session today __#ViratKohli #RCB pic.twitter.com/Rmksfin5l6
— Virushka Updates (@VirushkaUpdate_) 4 May 2018
“I think we let the opposition get back in the game. That has been the story of the season so far. The fielding was up to the mark but I think 10-15 runs less would have been ideal for us. This was a tough wicket (to bat). We should have done a better job with the ball but in the field we were up to the mark,” RCB skipper added.
Miffed with RCB’s poor run, fans started pouring their reactions on Twitter and urged Virat Kohli to step down from captaincy. Here are some of the reactions:
@imVkohli #Vettori should step down from Captaincy & Coach role. Your ideas/tactics or team selection is not working. The most unbalanced team with no directions. Own up for the failure & quit for the interest of the game, the team @RCBTweets & fans #RCB #IPL #KohliVettoriSaveRCB
— Jayesh Veeraraghavan (@JayeshRaghavan) 8 May 2018
King @imVkohli please quit @RCBTweets
— ___ JONG _ (@Bas1King) 8 May 2018
Time for @imVkohli to give away his @RCBTweets captaincy & to quit playing for them in the next season #RCB #SRHvsRCB #RCBvSRH #SRHvRCB @IPL #IPL2018
— Rachit Mathur (@rachitmathur5) 7 May 2018
I think @imVkohli should quit captaincy in IPL. He has got more than enough chance to prove himself as a captain but failed each and every time. It’s high time some other player take up this responsibility.
— Meet (@KhiladiForever) 7 May 2018
@imVkohli will u quit as captain like Gambhir or u will take team to last place like last season?
— _ Sadhu Maharaj _ (@SadhuMaharaj16) 7 May 2018
RCB are left with four more games and are likely to play party spoilers from here on. Their next match is against Delhi Daredevils (DD) on May 12 at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi.