Barring one super-human, everyone struggled on the pitch: Virat Kohli
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli couldn’t have asked for a better team performance from his players during the game against Kolkata Kight Riders in Sharjah. However, it was AB de Villiers who caught everyone’s attention with his stupendous knock against the two-time IPL champions.
AB de Villiers smashed KKR bowlers with ease and went on to score a terrific 73 off just 33 balls with the help of 5 fours and 6 sixes to his name. Rightly so, he was named the man of the match. RCB beat KKR by 82 runs. After the victory, RCB moved to third place in the points table while KKR are now at the fourth place.
Virat Kohli was pleased with the way his players performed well. The wicket got slower as the game progressed and was quite tough for the batsmen to play shots. However, one player felt it easy to get going and it was AB de Villiers.
On a pitch like that, only AB de Villiers can do that: Virat Kohli
Kohli said that except one superhuman, all others struggled on that pitch. It is loud and clear that Kohli was referring to AB de Villiers. RCB captain further added saying that only AB de Villiers could perform on a pitch like this.
“At the toss, the pitch didn’t have the usual Sharjah sheen. Knew the wicket was going to get slower and slower. Barring one super-human, everyone struggled on that pitch. Talk was around 165-170. Preparation was really good. Three-week camp helped us. Have clarity of plans. Know exactly what we want to do on the field. All depends on the mindset.
“It’s very positive. If your bowling unit is strong, you have a great chance of going deep in the tournament. Was unbelievable. I thought I had a few balls under my belt so I’ll start striking. But he came in and hit his third ball nicely. On a pitch like that, only AB can do that. It was a special knock.
We got 195 purely because of the genius of that man. Always things you can reflect on and say you can improve on these things. All about taking this momentum forward. Don’t want to be complacent,” Virat Kohli said.
“Very happy with the performance. Got a duck in the last game, a terrible feeling. Very happy that I contributed. Surprised myself out there tonight. Knew the wicket was quite tough to bat on. But I thought 145-150 wasn’t enough. So I looked to go further, and was surprised to get 195. They’ve got a really good bowling attack.
The margins are small and you have to use every bit of energy. As Virat said there was a light in my eye, felt it in the bus itself. Always enjoyed taking the gloves. Very excited about it, I must say. I do bounce off ideas with Virat.
As a keeper you have a really good view of the pace of the game. Different skills completely. It depends. Have worked really hard with the gloves. Want to be the best I could, that’s always been my attitude,” AB de Villiers said at the post-match presentation after receiving the man of the match award.