His Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate Chris Gayle has backed the India skipper to bounce back from the disappointing IPL season once he gets back into the national set up.
Harshal Patel, Travis Head and Pawan Negi did much of the damage as the Daredevils, who were guaranteed to finish sixth regardless of the result in the final game of the regular season, could only muster 151 all out.
Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore face-off in the last game of IPL 2017 league stage at Firoz Shah Kotla in Delhi.
Skipper Virat Kohli (58 off 45 balls) struck a half century for RCB in the victory as his side posted 161-6 batting first.
Meanwhile, Kohli brought up his fifty - his fourth of the season - off 39 balls, but got out soon after he clobbered Zaheer over deep midwicket for his third six in what could be the former India seamer's final IPL game.
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Critics believe that RCB's best performance was during the rain washed game against the Sunrisers as that was the only match where their batsmen were not exposed by opposition bowlers. It was a remarkable dip by his own standards. "I definitely look forward to returning next year", he said. Kohli, De Villiers, and Gayle actually failed to give any huge or impressive impact this season.
Life has come full circle for the Australian all-rounder who was an integral part of Rajasthan Royals' triumphant campaign in the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2008. Delhi have once again been hugely inconsistent this season.
Local-lad Kohli was cheered on by his fans throughout the match.
At the other end, Gayle, who was struggling, was caught by Zaheer Khan at short midwicket off a delivery from left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, with Bangalore at 96/2 in 13.1 overs.
They were without Mitchell Starc once again - the left-arm fast bowler opted out citing a busy Australia season - and seriously missed KL Rahul the batsman and wicketkeeper who was ruled out with injury, but what hurt RCB the most were the failures of the same men who carried them past year: Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, Yuzvendra Chahal and the skipper, Virat Kohli.
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