IPL 2019: We Need to Play Better Cricket Than The Last Game – AB de Villiers
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) got off to the worst possible start in the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). They managed to post only 70 runs against defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and suffered a humiliating defeat. As they gear up for their second game, AB de Villiers is hopeful of getting a good wicket at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. Besides, he also added that they are ready to play in any wicket.
The onus is on batsmen: AB de Villiers
Meanwhile, except Parthiv Patel, no batters were able to cross the single-digit figure. As they gear up for the second game, the Challengers needs to present a much-improved batting effort. However, Virat Kohli & Co are a good batting and can turn around in the next match against the Mumbai Indians. AB de Villiers, speaking on the eve of the game, expressed that it is a good feeling to come back at Bangalore. Although they are expecting for a better wicket but admitted that they are ready to play better cricket. He also noted that the onus would be on the batsmen to assess the condition better and bat accordingly.
“Very happy to be in Bangalore and yes I am hoping the wicket to be good,” he said on Wednesday.
“Yes, every wicket in the IPL we are going to play will be different… in the world for that matter. It is up to us batters to play a good game in the next match, assess the conditions well. Whichever wicket we are getting we need to play better cricket than the last game,” the former South African said.
Cloud on Bumrah’s unavailability will not make any difference
Talking about the match against Mumbai Indians, AB de Villiers said the cloud over Jasprit Bumrah’s availability would not make any difference in the RCB camp. Praising the young fast bowler, de Villiers said that even Bumrah can’t get things right every time. Moreover, bowlers are always under pressure in this kind of tournaments.
The Mumbai Indians pacer suffered an injury during their first game of the season. Although he has returned to training, there is no confirmation about Bumrah’s participation in the upcoming game. The management is not likely to take any risk with the ICC World Cup in sight.
“Every single game you play around the world, you need to look at the strength and weakness of your opponents,” he said. “No one is perfect and yes Bumrah is a very good bowler but he is also not supposed to get it right all the time. Here the ground is not very huge and the wicket is more often than not good for the batters. For that matter, all the bowlers are under pressure here,” he concluded. Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Mumbai Indians on March 28 (Thursday) at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. Both the sides are coming from a loss and will aim to return to winning ways.
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