Doesn’t feel like AB de Villiers has retired: Kohli

AB de Villiers brought his A-game during the match against Delhi Capitals at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. He made the batting look so easy as he easily took the attack to the DC bowlers to help RCB post a competitive total of 171/5 in their quota of 20 overs.

Doesn't feel like AB de Villiers has retired: Kohli

The former South African batsman scored an unbeaten 75* off 42 balls with the help of 3 boundaries and 5 hits over the fence at a strike rate of 178.57. In reply, Delhi Capitals got off to a sluggish start as they lost the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Steve Smith and Prithvi Shaw.

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However, they found support in the form of Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer. Both the batsmen played really well and almost pulled it off in the end. However, RCB bowler Mohammed Siraj kept things tight and helped his team seal a 1-run thriller victory.

AB de Villiers was named the player of the match for his blistering knock. The turning point of the game was when Rishabh Pant asked Marcus Stoinis to bowl the last over. Bowling his first over of the game, the Australian all-rounder didn’t look comfortable at all as he went for 23 runs in the over.

RCB captain Virat Kohli reserved the highest respect for his teammate and close friend AB de Villiers for batting so well during the game. Kohli said AB de Villiers switched gears in the last few overs and that gave RCB some relief in the end.

“We lost wickets but AB went berserk and then in the last few overs. AB doesn’t like me saying this, but he hasn’t played competitive cricket for 5 months, but if you look at him bat it doesn’t feel like he doesn’t play international cricket anymore. Hats off to him, keeps doing it again and again for us. Such an asset for us. I’ll say this again (smiles). He hasn’t played for five months, just watch that innings,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.

“The shot over extra cover was certainly one of the best shots, but the one over midwicket off KG was my best one. I don’t often get him away, but I’m happy I managed to get him away for that one. It’s important to be fresh for every game.

I worked out at home and during the quarantine in the hotel room, and now it’s just about managing ourselves throughout the tournament and being fresh when we go out there to play. We have some experienced heads and some young Indian bowlers who have done well internationally recently.

They come in with a lot of confidence. Myself, Virat and Maxi chip in with some help when we can too. I forced myself to say a bit more behind the stumps, thanks to Yuzi who urged me to do it,” AB de Villiers added.

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