AB de Villiers overwhelmed after Royal Challengers Bangalore roar into final

first_imgWhen AB de Villers and Iqbal Abdulla overpowered Gujarat Lions on Tuesday in the first qualifier of the Indian Premier League, a packed Chinnaswamy stadium rocked, with about 35,000 frenzied fans roaring and dancing to celebrate Royal Challengers Bangalore’s entry into the final. (Match Report | Highlights | Scorecard)Though the Gujarat Lions were cruising in the first 10 overs and hunted down Bangalore to 68 for 6, a defiant de Villiers and a cautious Abdulla ensured the home team’s success. (Full IPL coverage)’GREAT TO REACH THE FINAL’De Villiers, who played a match-winning knock of an unbeaten 79 against Gujarat, said he is honoured to be in the IPL final. (Here’s how RCB reached final despite rare Kohli duck)”To be in the IPL final means a lot to me as I have not played in a lot of finals in my career. It is a great honour and privilege to be in the finals with this great franchise which has looked after me and the team over the years,” de Villiers said at the post-match press conference.”Lot of people were saying we were under performing but moments like these make things worthwhile. We had great team spirit for some years now, and have played some good cricket. But never got to really enjoy the finals and hopefully we will win it but we don’t know what’s going to happen,” he added.’STATS DON’T MATTER’Asked if would rate his 79 not out as one of the best innings of his IPL career so far, de Villiers said he gives a damn about statistics and is only concerned about helping the team to race past the winning post. (RCB have built something special with Virat Kohli and Daniel Vettori, says AB de Villiers)advertisement”I always said it. I honestly don’t give a damn about any stats. I don’t think anything about my hundreds or fifties. It was special for me to cross the line for the team and win a game. That is why I play this game,” he said.De Villiers said the Chinnaswamy wicket played funny and anything above 160 runs to chase would have spelt trouble for his team.”Yes, it was funny kind of a wicket. While we were bowling, I thought anything above 160 we will be in trouble. The wicket didn’t seem like a wicket we can go and score out there,” he said.De Villiers said after the fall of five wickets for just 29 runs on board, he felt there was a need of building a partnership to see RCB through.”I always felt I needed a partnership and a foundation in the first six overs to see the team through,” he said.CALM ABDULLADe Villiers said his junior teammate was very calm-headed and showered praise for the fantastic partnership of 91 runs.”I had planned to talk to him. But, probably he is calmer than me. He has done this before. He has a very calm head on his shoulders. Straightaway he missed one and I was trying to tell him… to be very honest didn’t need talking to him after that again. It was a fantastic partnership,” he said.NATURAL INSTINCTSThe South African, who is known for his versatile shot selection, said he bats according to his instincts based on his experience.”It is a funny thing. Virat and I actually spoke about it before our batting. He was full of energy, giving full information and I told him Virat, I will just go naturally about it. I don’t think too much and, he is a thinker. I am not a big thinker. I will try and assess what is going on and don’t think about it too much and I am never 100 per cent sure,” he said”It is a fine line but I follow my instincts and try and watch the ball closely. I have played the game for many years and I know my talent will take over if I watch the ball and enjoy myself out there. We had a smile on our faces for most of our innings even though we were under a lot of pressure. I have played long enough to know what is required for us to cross the line and yeah so, instinct I would say,” he said.De Villiers said the threat of rain hovering around gave the required momentum for the team to increase the run rate which made the spectators go berserk which eventually pumped him to go after the win.”Virat sent a message that we have to be a little bit positive because of the rains were around and try to increase the run rate. Luckily that gave us the momentum and this crowd was incredible. After that they got so pumped up and we are never going to lose it from there,” he said.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img