IPL 2019: Our Challenge is to Respect the Game - AB de Villiers

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IPL 2019: Our Challenge is to Respect the Game – AB de Villiers 

IPL 2019: Our Challenge is to Respect the Game – AB de Villiers
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Royal Challengers Bangalore talisman batsman AB de Villiers believes the main challenge is to respect the game. In fact, it hasn’t been an easy season for the Royal Challengers Bangalore as they find themselves at the bottom of the points table. However, the Red Army was FINALLY able to savour a win in the ongoing season against Kings XI Punjab.

Royal Challengers Bangalore haven’t ticked the right boxes and a win against Kings XI Punjab was much-needed for them. They were able to come up with a collective team performance as they won the match by seven wickets.

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AB de Villiers will like to keep up the good work.

In fact, Royal Challengers Bangalore have relied heavily on the shoulders of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. They haven’t been at their best and would like to continue the winning momentum.

AB de Villiers had played a key role in Royal Challenger Bangalore’s maiden win of the season. He had scored a fine knock of 59 runs and he was awarded the Man of the match.

 

“RCB found mercy in Mohali. Kings XI Punjab had won their last seven home matches and we were facing a seventh successive defeat… and yet, against the odds, finally, we were the team smiling after yet another nerve-wracking last over finish. Make no mistake, this 2019 IPL is unfolding as an amazing tournament. Stadiums across this great country are packed with passion and excitement, day and night, and eight competitive teams ensure anybody can beat anybody on any given day,” AB de Villiers wrote in his column for TOI.

In fact, it is known that a T20 game’s complexion can be changed in a matter of overs. A good shot or a perfect yorker or a fine catch can change the game on its head.

“In 20/20 cricket at this level, with so many great players in action, the difference between winning and losing is often tiny; just one dropped catch, or one improvised six, or one scorching yorker can tip the balance between victory and defeat. Sure, RCB lost six in a row, but the truth is we might easily have won three of those matches if, in a handful of crucial moments, the game had turned in our favour. Similarly, in Mohali, we took the two points… but, in reality, KXIP were competing strongly and backing themselves deep into the 19th over of our chase,” de Villiers added.

RCB had won their maiden match of the season.

AB de Villiers believes it is imperative to respect the game and take the defeats head on. However, at the same time it is pivotal to keep working hard towards the game to get better.

“It’s inevitable and understandable that supporters and the media will react – and almost always overreact – to the result, lionising winners and demeaning the defeated, but, as players at the heart of the action, our challenge is to respect the game, accept the vagaries, and work as hard as possible to fall on the right side of the tiny margins. Hard work, not hard luck, makes the difference. We took one small step in the right direction on Saturday because our bowlers pulled the home side back in the middle overs, because our fielding was marginally improved and because our batters performed with greater intensity. In the critical moments, we were present as a team. Our next challenge is to rest well during and repeat the performance against MI on Monday,” de Villiers signed off.

Royal Challengers Bangalore has a slim chance of making the playoff stages. In fact, there is a ray of hope for the franchise like a speck on the horizon if they manage to pull the miracle and win all the remaining seven matches.

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