Bangalore, May 14 UNI | 3 months ago

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli, relieved after the win against Delhi Daredevils last night after a series of losses, said return to form by Yuvraj Singh provided a pleasing sight and said it augurs well for the team.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Kohli said detractors of Yuvraj should refrain from writing off cricketers like the left hander as such players were a class apart.

Yuvraj smashed two consecutive half centuries with a strike rate of over 200 in the last two matches. Last night he hammered nine sixes in his knock against Delhi Daredevils to set up RCB's win.

"I am glad that Yuvraj Singh has stood up. Lot of people had written him off, which I think should never been done to any cricketer because we never know when one can make a comeback," he said.

People should respect Yuvraj since he made immense contribution in country's win in the World Cups, Kohli said.

"What a world class player Yuvraj has been for India. It is all about respecting him. He has won two World Cups for us single-handedly. I am really glad to see him stepping up at crucial times for RCB," he said.

Virat Kohli was also pleased to see contribution from other RCB team mates in the business end of the tournament.

"I am really happy to see that rest of the players also are picking themselves up. Now, we are looking to take one game at a time and not thinking too far away," he added.

On his dismal form, Kohli said he was not worried about his performance if the team was winning matches.

"I promoted myself up the order because as I said I was trying a bit hard in trying circumstances but now I am relaxed. The players are contributing which is acting as a cushion for me," he said.

Replying to a query, Kohli said captaincy was not affecting his batting.

"I was captain last year and I scored 680 runs. So, that's not the pressure I am taking. Sometimes we should accept things the way they are rather than getting frustrated which harms you even more. I have realised that I have to be mature enough to take that in stride," Kohli added.

(Posted on 15-05-2014)