AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers has completely accepted the dismal performances given by his franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), stating that there can be no excuse to hide the fact that the team played way below their standards.

“I don’t want to make any excuses. We’ve just not played well enough,” De Villiers told NDTV. “I think there are some valuable lessons we have learnt throughout the season. I think we have let ourselves down a little bit in the last few games by not competing as well as we would have wanted to.

RCB currently stands no chance of making to the next stage, as they have only two wins in the 11 matches they have played. At the mid-way part of the league stage, it was hoped that Virat Kohli and his men would make their fans witness a turnaround similar to the one they showcased in the 2016 season where they finished as finalists after being on the verge of elimination initially.

However, luck did not favour them this time around. De Villiers is now targeting a respectful exit from the tournament.

“We have a few more games left and hopefully will finish the season with dignity,” De Villiers added, unhappy that RCB were unable to close out many of the games.

De Villiers seemed pretty impressed with the way Kohli handled the bad path and also appreciated his skipper’s temperament.

“Virat has dealt well with our losses. He had a great future ahead as captain… it takes a character to deal with defeat,” De Villiers said.

De Villiers, who ahs been associated with the IPL since its inception also had a look back to his journey.

“I started my IPL career at the Delhi Daredevils for the first three years, which was a very good experience and then moved to Royal Challengers Bangalore and this is my seventh season with them now. I could not have asked for a better franchise to play IPL for. They are a very professional unit.”

Ab de Villiers’ big assignment after the IPL is the Champions Trophy that begins in the month of June. The entire Proteas is eagerly awaiting to compete at the multi-nation tournament.

“The ICC would want India to play the Champions Trophy,” he said. “India won it last time in England and they will be ready for a strong campaign around this year as well.”

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