RCB players have tons of experience, says Kohli

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Published: Saturday, May 19, 2012, 14:54 [IST]
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Fortunate to lead experienced RCB: Kohli

Hyderabad, May 19: Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli, has said he is fortunate to lead a side that has no dearth of experience and thanks his team mates for supporting him as a captain.

"They really support me as captain. As a young captain, you fall short of ideas at times. But they have been very helpful. I do discuss with them whatever I want to do. In the latter stages, maybe an experienced guy would take over.

Kohli said, RCB has many players who have led the side for their respective countries who have tons of experience.

"AB (de Villiers) has captained South Africa. Chris has led West Indies. Dan (Daniel Vettori) has led New Zealand, (Tillakaratne) Dilshan has been the captain of Sri Lanka, Zaheer (Khan) is a very experienced player and Murali (Muttiah Muralidaran) has tons of experience," said Kohli.

After a series of failures, Kohli's half century gave a lot of confidence to the player as well as the team as he has hit form at the right time. When asked how he felt after scoring a few runs, he said he felt good as it was a crucial one for him.

"I wasn't doing too well... It was important for me to have hit form and I hope to continue it. Fell very good. It was an important match for us."

Though Gayle and Kohli himself steered RCB to a mammoth total of 215/1 in 20 overs agaisnt Delhi Daredevils, he credited the bowlers for the 21-run win as they defended the total well and was satisfied with their performance.

"I appreciate the bowlers performance and they are really satisfied with the show. We have won by 21 runs. It was important for the bowlers to be cool and execute their plans."

When asked if the scenario would change after Daniel Vettori's return, Kohli mentioned that it was not easy to leave out the experienced foreign recruits as they played a vital role in the team's success. According to the rules, a team can play only 4 foreigners in the playing XI, said Kohli as it was difficult to leave out someone like Muttaiah Muralitharan

"It's very hard to make someone like Murali sit out but that's the nature of IPL. The foreign stars understand that," he said.


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