Murali 'sir' might not fit into RCB XI: Kohli

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Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 15:29 [IST]
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'Murali 'sir' might not fit into RCB XI'

Bangalore, Apr 17: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli praised Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttaiah Muralitharan but hinted that the retired offspinner might find it difficult to feature in RCB's future matches in this edition of IPL.

RCB's four overseas players who did duty against Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday night were Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Andre McDonald and Ravi Rampaul. However, they have rotated the fourth slot between McDonald, Moises Henriques and Daniel Christian with all three being all-rounders.

"Murali sir is always a great asset to any team. On his worse day also, he will give 26-27 runs in four overs. So he is that kind of bowler. We have to see what kind of combination the team is going in with. He might not fit in the combination going ahead. We have to see which guys are confident and which guys are bowling well. The bowling unit is doing well and there is no need to make changes," Kohli said after RCB's Super Over win over Delhi.

On his approach this season compared to 2012, Kohli said: "Last year I was coming off from a very good season in Australia and the Asia Cup. So I thought in the IPL I could just smash from ball one. But I didn't concentrate on the basics and I got really frustrated after five-six games because I wasn't getting the results I wanted."

"But this year, I changed a lot of things as far as my thinking is concerned. I told myself that I am not a machine and I can't score in every game that I go out and play. All I can do is be there and be calm at the crease and trust myself and back myself to win games for my team from any situation.

"I believe that if I stay out there even for 40 or 45 balls, I can still make another 30 in the next 10 balls. So, I have that kind of mind set. It is very important for me to stay calm when I bat so that the youngsters can also feel confident," he added.


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