Qualifiers and eliminators used to create more stress: Virat Kohli

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli said the words “qualifiers and eliminators” were designed to create more pressure and stressed that his team could win two more games to reach the IPL final.

RCB are third in the points table over Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings and will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the eliminator on Monday.

The captain was unable to print a top-two finish on his side.

“We have a lot of confidence in our team, if not the first two places (in the points table), then we have to win two more matches to reach the final, for which we are fully prepared,” Kohli told Star Sports Show ‘Inside RCB’.

“You prepare for all sorts of opportunities, and as I see it, qualifiers and eliminators are words that exist to create more pressure for these matches.”

“When you play cricket, you win or lose, so when you think you have two options (win or lose), that mentality can turn negative,” he said.

If the RCB wins against KKR, they will have to beat the Capitals in the second qualifier on Wednesday to form a summit clash against CSK.

“Our focus is to get out, execute our plans and win games. When your only choice is not to win and lose, I think your performance will take it to another level and our team is in the right place to execute our plans.

AB de Villiers, a former South African batsman, believes there will be no major change in the team’s game plan for the knockout stage.

“Obviously, the intensity increases when everything is on the line, you thought a lot when we started the IPL, so it was natural for the juices to flow a little more.

“The skillset will remain the same, my game plan will not change big, and I think the cricket we are trying to play will not change big.

“He (Virat Kohli) is full of adrenaline as always. He makes sure we’re all in fifth gear after the eliminator starts.

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