Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli applauded his teammate AB de Villiers after their victory against Mumbai Indians in the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). Although Kohli himself struggled to put big runs on the board, de Villiers played an outstanding knock of 55* runs off just 24 deliveries.
The South-African also won the ‘Man of the Match’ for his efforts but was not present to collect the award after feeling dehydrated during the game. The RCB skipper collected the prize on his behalf, and the commentator also asked Kohli a few questions on AB de Villiers.
“I wish I was AB to be honest (chuckles). He was coming after a long break. The way he batted and some of the shots he played was outstanding. Getting stuck into the bowlers and only he can do that best. He keeps things simple and doesn’t watch a lot of cricket. Enjoys his life and comes out here, backs his ability. He’s relaxed, and that’s exactly what we want from him,” Kohli said after the match.
RCB edged MI in the Super Over
Virat Kohli’s men beat the defending champions Mumbai Indians after the match went to the super over. Naming it as a ‘roller-coaster game’, the skipper appreciated his team’s efforts.
“I don’t have words right now. It was such a roller-coaster game. I think they played well and patiently in the middle. It went down to the wire, and we tried to execute the things we wanted to. We’ve got a close victory and these little things on the field; we want to focus on it. It was all about stepping onto the field and taking responsibility,” he said.
Man of the Match : RCB v MI : AB de Villiers
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“It was a good match-up against Jasprit. Top-quality cricket and games like these, people would love to watch. The changes that we made, make Washi bowl in the PP paid off. Gurkeerat didn’t get a chance to bat. The guys showed good character. Outstanding Super Over from him (Saini). He used the yorkers and wide balls to good effect. This should boost us going forward.”