Virat Kohli showed a lot of maturity, despite suffering a heartbreaking loss in the IPL 2016 final. Kohli praised his team for their effort in IPL 2016 and also thanked the people of Bengaluru, who have constantly supported them through thick and thin.
"Definitely proud of the way we played this season. This was for people of Bengaluru. They have supported in worst of seasons," Kohli was quoted as saying by PTI.
The RCB skipper was outstanding with the bat throughout IPL 2016, but, in the end, he failed to guide his side over the line in the final against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday. AB de Villiers too got out at the wrong time.
RCB had just lost the wickets of Chris Gayle and Kohli. So someone had to anchor the rest of the run chase. The man who helped them reach the IPL 2016 final -- De Villiers -- could not do it again, against SRH on Sunday.
"We would have been loved to be on other side of result. We went for a few, but the wicket was nice. Me and AB getting out together was a big blow. Had I stayed with AB a little longer, it would have been different," Kohli said.
The RCB captain also went on to laud the superb bowling effort of the Sunrisers. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mustafizur Rahman tightened the screws in the last four overs, to help their team over the line.
The equation was not that difficult as they required 69 from the last seven overs, but RCB kept on losing wickets, courtesy some fine bowling from Mustafizur, Bhuvneshwar and Ben Cutting, who was also adjudged the man of the match. And therefore, in spite of winning the Orange Cap, after scoring 973 runs in IPL 2016, Kohli was not happy.
"It does not feel good to be at the other side of the result. Why Sunrisers won is because they have a strong bowling attack," Kohli added.