KKR vs RCB, IPL 2021 – ‘We just weren’t sharp enough with the bat’

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Coach says AB de Villiers did not keep as the team cannot “risk him at the moment behind the stumps”

Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Mike Hesson said his team’s big defeat to kick off the second half of the IPL simply came down to the batters’ inability to adjust in tough conditions. It didn’t have anything to do with either team composition or “distractions” like Virat Kohli announcing his resignation from the captaincy, he said.

Royal Challengers were bowled out for 92 after electing to bat against Kolkata Knight Riders, with both Kohli and AB de Villiers falling for single-digit scores for only the eighth time in the franchise’s history; RCB have won a match on only one occasion when that has been the case previously.

“No, I don’t think so,” Hesson said when asked about Kohli’s statement before the season resumed. “I think it was important to get any form of distraction out of the way early and we spoke about making that announcement as soon as possible so all players were aware of it. It certainly hasn’t had an impact on tonight’s performance. We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be with the bat, we didn’t adapt to conditions, we lost wickets in clumps – everything that you can’t do as a batting group. But I’m still confident in this group that we’ll turn it around quickly.”

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