IPL 6: Virat Kohli says Mumbai crowd probably forgot that I play for India too

The Bangalore skipper was booed by the Wankhede crowd but chose to play down the incident. He stressed that his side would look to bounce back after a heavy defeat to Mumbai.

Updated: April 28, 2013 08:36 IST
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Chasing 195 for victory versus the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday, the Royal Challengers batting effort ended in a whimper ultimately finishing at 136 for seven, 58 runs short.

A chorus of boos greeted RCB skipper Virat Kohli as he walked up to speak at the post-match presentation ceremony. "They (the Wankhede Stadium crowd) have probably forgotten that I play for India as well. The IPL is not the end of the world," said a miffed Kohli. "The crowd has jeered others at this stadium as well."

"But, we were outplayed by Mumbai in the match," added Kohli. "The top four batsmen (Gayle, Dilshan, AB de Villiers and Kohli) are not going to fire in every match. Hopefully we can regroup and bounce back in the next game."

This was Rohit Sharma's second successive victory as captain. "This is the best that we have played this season so far. A special mention has to go to Dhawal Kulkarni who was excellent in his first IPL game this year. But, we won't get carried with this performance and will look to continue our winning ways."

Dwayne Smith was declared Man of the Match for scoring a half-century and bagging two wickets in Bangalore's innings. "The win was good but we have to be consistent. I have an important role opening the innings and look to continue the same in the next few games as well," said Smith after collecting his award.

Dhawal Kulkarni was excellent with the ball for Mumbai, finishing with 3/19 in his four overs. "I got an opportunity to play for the side today and took my chance," said Dhawal after the match.

"It was a good track to bat on and for once the dew helped us in the second innings."

Harbhajan Singh got rid of RCB danger-man Chris Gayle to seal the fate of the Royal Challengers. "The plan was to toss the ball up to Gayle in the hope that he is caught in the deep and that is exactly what happened," said Harbhajan. "This was our best performance this season so far," added an ecstatic Bhajji.

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