Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli said on Tuesday the luxury of having depth in the bowling department is doing well for the team this season.
RCB edged Delhi Capital by one point to claim their fifth win of the season. Kohli used six bowlers in the game and also had the option of handing the ball over to versatile Glenn Maxwell.
“For the most part, I think we were the best in this game with our bowlers. We estimated 160-165 to be par. It was a bit of a double-barreled game, ”Kohli said in the post-match presentation.
“There was no dew tonight thanks to that little sandstorm in the middle and we ended up playing bowling with a dry ball. If you look at our bowling list, Maxi still doesn’t play bowling, it’s the 7th option. As a captain, I can throw guys at different stages, offload each other.
“And Maxi hasn’t played yet. We’ve always had the stick, but now also the bowling, ”Kohli added.
Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant hailed the lightning rounds of Shimron Hetmyer of the West Indies.
“Obviously you feel disappointed, especially when you’re on the losing side. They have 10-15 more races on this counter. Hetty (Hetmyer) played some brilliant innings, thanks to him we got closer to the target, ”said Pant.
In an unusual move, Pant handed the ball over to versatile Marcus Stoinis, who had not played the entire game, in the final game which lasted 23 points.
When asked the reason for the decision, Pant said: “In the last part we thought whoever gets the ball has to finish the job for the team.
“That’s what we had planned, in the end we were short of a point. We counted the overs very well, in the end the spinners weren’t getting the help we thought they could get. In the end, I had to give the ball to Stoinis.