Meanwhile, refusing to attach any importance to Kohli's run of poor scores in this IPL, #NewZealand pacer Tim Southee on Saturday said the ace batsman can not be kept out of runs for long and would step up in the upcoming ICC Champions trophy.
Brief scores: Bangalore: 161/6 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 58, Chris Gayle 48; Pat Cummins 2/22, Shahbaz Nadeem 1/12).
Aiming for a consolation win in their last match of the season, RCB will take confidence from their early-season win over Delhi Daredevils, who are among the only two teams to have lost against Kohli's men.
As captain of the Indian national team, Kohli will now be expected to pick up his form for the upcoming 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.
With South African star AB de Villiers and Gayle himself not firing, RCB became the first team to be eliminated from a possible playoff berth and eventually finished last in the eight-team tournament, their worst ever showing in the 10-year history of the cash-rich league.
"It is the best thing to happen within cricket, IPL coming on board".
It was all - and only - about the numbers, and in the end it were Royal Challengers Bangalore who emerged on the winning side in what was an inconsequential match of the IPL-10 here on Sunday night. It was a rare reason for Virat Kohli to smile in a season that he termed as one to forget. He scored 308 runs in 10 matches at an average of 30.80 in comparison to 973 runs in 16 matches at an average of 81.08 in 2016. Despite captaincy burden off his shoulders, the wicket-keeper batsman looked a pale shadow of his old self. The RCB keeper batsman was slow to start and ran lazily before realising that Cummins was onto the ball already. "He will be in a different environment (India team), maybe that can help him get back in the groove again, among runs", Gayle added. The Jamaican managed to score only 200 runs in 9 matches with an average of 22.22. "You need to win at least two games to get the momentum and we couldn't get the momentum we needed", Gayle said.