Despite Virat Kohli‘s decision to quit as captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mike Hesson – the head coach of RCB, has said that Virat Kohli’s decision to quit captaincy had no impact on their game against KKR. He added onto how proud he was watching his star player perform well even without being in charge as per the usual standards set by him previously for this tournament. RCB were handed a nine-wicket loss by Kolkata Knight Riders just one day after it was announced that skipper Virat would be quitting his post at season’s end.
“No, I (don’t) think so. It was actually important to get any form of distraction out of the way early. So, we sort of talked about making that announcement as soon as possible really, so all the players were aware of it,” Hesson said at the post-match press conference.
“But it really hasn’t had any impact on today’s performance. We weren’t certainly sharp as we needed to be with the bat, we didn’t adapt to conditions, we lost wickets in clubs, everything we can’t do as a batting group. But I’m still confident of this group, we will turn around pretty quickly,” Hesson further added.
With Kohli announcing his decision to quit captaincy following this month’s T20 World Cup, KKR Varun Chakravarthy ran through the batting line up of RCB with 3/13.
Hesson expressed disappointment that the team did not play as well in this match. He lamented how their batsmen were off-pace, but refused to lay any blame on its composition for why they lost.
“The team composition wasn’t the problem today, we got ourselves to 1/42, and even going back further than that, we probably got the toss wrong, so we scrapped to 1/42, but certainly wasn’t a 93 wicket.” the head coach said.
The team did not want to risk AB de Villiers by handing him wicket-keeping duties, so they had to make changes.
“You saw AB De Villers didn’t have the gloves, so certainly we have got to look after AB. He is a very important player for us and not one that we could risk at the moment behind the stumps, so that was unfortunate for Rajat (Patidar),” Hesson said.
“We wanted to have real batsman at six, we had the abilities, still have six bowlers, and once again Sachin Baby was a left-hander and obviously gave us some options with the ball, potentially if we needed one as well, so, the reason was with AB not keeping, we needed to make that change at the top,” he signed off.
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