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Virat Kohli apologises to RCB fans after disappointing IPL season

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Virat Kohli apologised to the fans of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), days after the team crashed out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season 11, failing to make it to the play-offs for the second year in a row.

RCB had a largely disappointing season where they finished sixth with 12 points and despite having a sort of resurgence by the end of the league stage, too much dependence on Kohli and AB de Villiers meant they failed to make it through.

It was yet another poor season by the franchise which started the T20 league as one of the favourites to win the trophy. However, the team lacked consistency and barring skipper Virat Kohli and de Villiers no other batsman stepped up to the occasion. RCB managed to win just 6 of their 14 matches.

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On Thursday, Kohli took to Twitter to share his disappointment over the season with his fans and apologised for "not living up to the expectations."

"Yeah I have taken a bit of time to do this. Just wanted to put out this video for all the RCB fans and people involved with RCB in any way, telling them that we could not pull out great this season and we're not very proud of how the season went for us. We're deeply hurt by how we played and we are deeply sorry for not living up to the expectations that all the fans had of us," Kohli said in his video on Twitter.

While AB de Villiers shone bright once again with 480 runs from 12 matches, including six fifties and the famous 'Spiderman' catch, Kohli also had a good season with the bat scoring 530 runs in 14 games, including four fifties.

However, it all began and ended for RCB on the shoulders of these two players.

After entering the must-win situation, RCB won three games on the trot, against Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad. But they were then outplayed by Rajasthan Royals in their final league game and exited from the tournament.

Kohli, after the match, spoke of his disappointment with the other batsmen pointing out that they cannot put all the workload on de Villiers and expect him to come out flying every single time.

In the video, Kohli accepted that they were not very proud of their performance but said the players are hurt and are already looking forward to making amends in the next season.

"Having said that, we understand that this is part of life, you cannot always get what you want and it's upto the players to understand what to do about it the next season and all of us, as I said, are really hurt about what happened and we really want to turn things around next year. We will definitely do everything in our abilities to give you guys what you want every season and we'll keep working hard towards our game and keep improving as a side," he added.

Kohli thanked the RCB fans for sticking by the team and supporting them so graciously through thick and thin and promised to not disappoint them next season.

"We are really grateful for your support. Please keep supporting the team as you always have and next year, I can promise you one thing, we'll be putting more effort and more heart than we've ever done before for RCB and we won't disappoint you guys. Thank you so much for all the support this year and looking forward to seeing you guys next year."

Earlier, de Villiers had also apologised to the RCB fans for the disappointing show this year.

"Thanks to all the RCB fans in Bangalore, in all of India and around the world for supporting us throughout the 2018 season. You guys always right behind us and carried us a long way. Unfortunately, it was a very disappointing season for us and I am sorry for that," de Villiers said in a video posted by him on Instagram.

The South African also hoped that the team would make a strong comeback next year and till then asked the fans to enjoy the game of cricket left in the IPL.

"We promise to come back stronger next year. We have got a fantastic squad. Even though we didn't play well, it was the most enjoyable IPL I've had. So I have a really good feeling we come back stronger next season," he added.

"Enjoy the knockouts of the IPL, unfortunately we won't be there. It's an exciting finish to the tournament, let's see who comes out as champions," he signed off.

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