IPL 2019: AB de Villiers backs RCB’s teammates for the change in fortunes
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IPL 2019: AB de Villiers Backs RCB’s Teammates for the Change in Fortunes

AB de Villiers, RCB, IPL 2019
De Villiers has scored runs for his team RCB. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

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Ahead of their vital match against promising Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) senior most batsman AB de Villiers still feels that they have been dedicated despite a string of losses. He maintained there is a lot to take in stride apart from being blamed for a poor show in the ongoing IPL 2019 edition.

However, the veteran South African batsman in his latest column for the Times of India wrote, the die-hard fans can scathe the team in all traits. He added the team has nothing to justify following a bleak show.

“You can criticise our batting. And say we have not been consistent enough. You can criticise our bowling, and say we have not exercised control in critical periods. You can criticise our fielding, and say it has been unquestionably poor. Fair enough; at RCB, we ran out of excuses long ago,” de Villiers maintained.

AB de Villiers on a remainder of the RCB’s IPL matches:

AB de Villiers, Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2019
AB de Villiers backs the team members. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Since March 23, 2019, RCB has lost all their six matches. It has subsequently handed over an unwanted record in Kohli’s kitty. Kohli has become a first skipper to lose six matches on the trot in the IPL.

De Villiers believes they have got the potential to make a strong comeback.

“As individuals, we need to embrace the pressure and perform; and, as a unit, we need to bat, bowl and, above all, field with an irresistible hunger and desire. Yes, we have lost six in a row, but we still have eight matches to play; that’s eight chances to realise our potential,” de Villiers stated.

Also, de Villiers has cautioned many on questioning the loyalty of the players.

“However, to be fair, no one should question our commitment,” de Villiers wrote.

While speaking about preparations, the 35-year-old de Villiers revealed they have partaken in the gruelling sessions. However, he feels their efforts will bear fruits anytime soon.

“Our training sessions have been intense ever since we launched this demanding campaign a month ago and, at some point, surely, our unstinting efforts will be rewarded,” de Villiers further wrote.

Despite a poor show, de Villiers has backed his team to give their best against Punjab. He has credited coaching staff and head coach Gary Kirsten for keeping things in balance.

“We have had six days to prepare for this game, since the home defeat against DD, and we have worked hard during this break to revive and recalibrate our campaign. Both coach Gary Kirsten and captain Virat Kohli have spoken extremely well, keeping the team energised and focused, keeping us connected and together,” de Villiers added.

Ab de Villiers is hopeful of RCB’s comeback:

Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, RCB, IPL 2019
Kohli has been a leading scorer for the RCB, this season. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin-led KXIP is unbeaten at their home venue for this season so far. Also, Chris Gayle and KL Rahul have done a wonderful job for the franchise.

Furthermore, de Villiers has expressed gratitude while thanking team supporters.

“Our supporters are justifiably deflated and disappointed, and I maintain this is a talented and motivated group, who will come right. Such words are all well and good, but it’s actions that will dig us out of this hole,” de Villiers further wrote.

In the ongoing IPL 12, de Villiers has scored 173 in six matches at an average 34.27.

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Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. Twitter, Instagram: TahirIbnManzoor