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Here's why Kohli reckons RCB can take home IPL title this season...

April 13, 2014 14:31 IST

Here's why Kohli reckons RCB can take home IPL title this season...

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The critics might say that Indian Premier League is adding to the players' burden in a packed international calendar but Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli has countered that claim.

"The more we enjoy cricket, it will be that much better in the IPL. In IPL there is a lot of enjoyment. Everybody is relaxed coming from their international schedule and duties. There is a good atmosphere and we will try to utilise it," said the 25-year-old at the team's jersey launch event in Mumbai on Sunday.

Kohli, who was named the player of the tournament in the recently-concluded World Twenty20, said he is aiming to take RCB to its maiden IPL title this season.

"This time around we will hope to go few more steps ahead and actually get that trophy. We have added a few more quality players in the side and I am sure we will come out with flying colours," he said.


Image: Virat Kohli
Photographs: BCCI

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"We try every year to win and we have a strong team. We will try to win the trophy because we have got a good combination this time," he added.

The star batsman was in a hurry and did not take too many questions, citing his packed schedule.

"I need to leave for the airport. I need to go play the IPL. If you don't want to see me in the IPL then that is a different story. I need to leave in five minutes otherwise I will miss my flight," he said.

The Bangalore franchise has roped in Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei as their principal sponsor.

"Hopefully this year would be RCB's year. With Huawei on the shirt, maybe that’s the lucky logo that we needed over the last few years. Just really excited and looking forward to the IPL as well. We have a great team, great bunch of guys ready to perform well. We do well every year, we excite a lot of people in the IPL," Kohli said.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore play their first match against Delhi Daredevils on April 17 in Sharjah.


Image: Virat Kohli
Photographs: BCCI

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