Captain Virat Kohli said he remains as motivated and committed as ever to lead Royal Challengers Bangalore to a maiden Indian Premier League title. The Team India skipper is all prepared to enter the 11th edition of the Indian T20 league with all guns blazing and aim to clinch the all-glorious trophy with the Bangalore based franchise.
RCB have been the perennial under-achievers of the competition, failing to go all the way despite reaching the final thrice. It all went wrong for them last season when they finished last.
"More than the fans I want to win the cup. I have been with Bangalore for last 10 years and we haven't crossed the final hurdle three times. I can assure you, my commitment is going to be 120 per cent to try and achieve the goal this time," said Kohli after a training session.
The aggressive right hand-batsman feels that the batsmen have been impressive over the years but this time, it is the bowling department who can play a major role for RCB.
"The batting has been strong point for RCB over the years, but I think the strengthening of bowling department has been a massive boost for us from this auction. I am very optimistic about our chances heading into this IPL," said the skipper.
The franchise has a solid spin department comprising Yuvzendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, M Ashwin, Pawan Negi and England all-rounder Moeen Ali. There are plenty of pace options too in the presence of Umesh Yadav, England all-rounder Chris Woakes, Delhi's Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Siraj and New Zealander Tim Southee.
On new players bought in the auction, Kohli said they are very excited to be part of RCB and he had the joy of playing with some of them.
"Some of them I know personally. We picked up players who could contribute to our culture and not be so worried about their personal performances," he said.
(With PTI Inputs)