Royal Challengers Bangalore might have been eliminated from Vivo IPL 12 but their star batsman AB de Villiers rather looks to point out the positive aspects which RCB underwent during the season. The chances of RCB in the tournament received a battering when they lost 6 consecutive matches. However, they made a comeback of sorts after winning 4 of their next 5 games to keep them in the hunt. With the washout against Rajasthan Royals, their hopes were dashed and even the slim chances of their qualification got wiped out.
AB de Villiers stated that people tend to believe that a team generally enjoys an outstanding spirit when they are winning but after playing more than 15 years, AB de Villiers feels that it isn’t the case. He further added that despite having a below-par season, RCB gelled as a unit and was a very happy bunch all through the tournament which reflected in the way they performed with freedom in the last few matches.
During his column for the Times of India, AB de Villiers wrote, “The dismissive adage runs that sporting teams have an outstanding team spirit only when they are winning, and generally fall apart when they are losing. From what I have experienced over the past 15 years, the reality is not quite so simple. Far from being a mere consequence of winning, strong team spirit is an essential ingredient of sporting success; it comes before, not afterwards.”
The RCB squad has been an exceptionally happy group this year; our results may have been disappointing, and we underperformed in that horrific run of six successive defeats at the start of the tournament, and yet, as a group of people training, playing, travelling and living side by side for almost two months, we remain content and together,” de Villiers added.
Royal Challengers Bangalore is all set to play their final match of the tournament against the Sunrisers Hyderabad and they will look to provide their fans with some entertainment in their final clash. The Bangalore supporters have come out in unison to support their city despite their below-par performances in the last 3 years or so.
AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli will be hoping to provide the Bangalore crowd to some electrifying strokeplay and ensure that they finish their campaign on a high. Meanwhile, teams like Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals will be hoping for a Bangalore victory which will keep both the teams in contention for the playoffs if they manage to win their final clash of the tournament.
“The collective mood is emphatically upbeat ahead of our last match, against SRH at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday, and we want to put on a show for our supporters and to finish on an exhilarating note. How can you be upbeat when you have been eliminated, some may ask. That is the challenge, to stay positive at all times,” AB de Villiers signed off.