Yuvraj Singh’s raining sixers and producing another cameo knock was a pleasing sight for Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli.
“I am glad that Yuvraj Singh has stood up. Lot of people had written him off, which I think should never been done to any cricketer because we never know when one can make a comeback,” he said.
“People should respect Yuvraj since he made immense contribution in the country’s win in the World Cups. What a world class player Yuvraj has been for India. It is all about respecting him. He has won two World Cups for us single-handedly. I am really glad to see him stepping up at crucial times for RCB,” Kohli added.
“I am really happy to see that rest of the players also are picking themselves up. Now, we are looking to take one game at a time and not thinking too far away,” he opined.
“You tend to try a few different things when the results are not going in your way. We try to stick to the same team. Probably we make one change every game. After the last game, we wanted to give bowlers mental rest, and that is why these many changes fort his game,” he said.
“Yuvi, me and AB (de Villiers) can capitalise on someone getting 30 or 40 at the top,” he said.
Asked if the pressure of captaincy and the not-so-good results in the IPL have affected his own performance, Kohli said, “I promoted myself up the order because as I said I was trying a bit hard in trying circumstances but now I am relaxed. The players are contributing which is acting as a cushion for me,” he said.
“I was captain last year and I scored 680 runs. So, that’s not the pressure I am taking. Sometimes we should accept things the way they are rather than getting frustrated which harms you even more. I have realised that I have to be mature enough to take that in stride,” Kohli added.
“If someone gets out in the first over, more or less I feel as an opener. I am not worried about opening the innings. I don’t have any issues with it,” he said.
Delhi team skipper Kevin Pietersen also had a lot of god words for Yuvraj. “I can tell you something for free. That man (Yuvraj) batted like an absolute superstar. Recently, he got a lot of criticism but he has proven those people wrong,” Pietersen said.
“He was just unbelievable, hitting those sixes and taking his side to that score. I was always smiling (when he hit those sixes),” said Pietersen.
“It would be virtually impossible for us to make it to the play-offs, having secured just four points from 10 matches. We have to build for next season as there’s an unrealistic chance of making it to the play-offs,” he added.