IPL 2019: AB de Villiers is Not a Great Believer of Bad Luck in the Cricket Field
Arguably the greatest batsman of the modern generation, AB de Villiers is of the opinion that there is no substitute for hard work and one needs to work exceptionally hard in order to achieve success in their cricketing career or in that matter any walks of life.
During his interview with the Times of India, AB de Villiers felt that it is an easy option for the struggling teams to contemplate luck as the main factor behind their position in the tournament.
However AB de Villiers wasn’t ready to agree as he is not someone who believes in bad luck. He further added that one should make their luck which generally smoothens out in the longer run of life.
De Villiers feels that in matches which goes down to the wire, there are several critics and players who believe luck played a factor. However, De Villiers feels that it is not and it is the brilliance of either player which actually does the job for their team.
“In a closely-contested tournament with so many tight finishes, it has become an inevitable refrain. Among defeated teams and disappointed supporters alike, it is the easiest explanation when things go wrong.
For my part, I am not a great believer in bad luck on the cricket field, in business, in fact in any walk of life. As many have said in the past, you make your own luck and it generally evens out in the long run,” AB de Villiers wrote in his column for the Times of India.
Meanwhile he also gave examples of Andre Russell and Mahendra Singh Dhoni who always backs themselves to chase any target down no matter how demanding the situation is. Both Andre Russell and MS Dhoni has been in superb form and has literally tormented the opposition bowlers with their exceptional strokeplay.
Andre Russell has already smashed 41 sixes individually in the tournament so far. KKR needed 120 to win in 7 overs against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Not many would have predicted a KKR victory. However, Russell had other ideas and brought the calculation down to 24 of the final over. He has batted as a man possessed and the bowlers need to start adapting new strategies to stop Andre Russell.
MS Dhoni, on the other hand, has turned back the clock and has played some delightful knocks in the tournament so far. CSK needed 26 runs to win off the final over of Umesh Yadav against RCB and MSD almost did the job for CSK. He scored 24 runs in the first 5 deliveries but he failed to make contact in the final delivery as Parthiv Patel ran out Shardul Thakur while they attempted to scamper for the single.
“Of course, the margins are small, often tiny. An IPL match may be decided when the ball passes inches beyond the grasp of a fielder on the boundary, or when a direct hit catches a batsman inches short of the crease.
Even the thunderous master-blasters, like Andre Russell and MS Dhoni, men who now make scoring more than 20 runs per over look simple, often thrive on the right side of an incredibly slender gap between six and out. They are not more lucky than anyone else. They are more brilliant,” de Villiers added.
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