RCB superstar AB de Villiers produced an absolute masterclass of a T20 innings on a surface which was known to get slower and tougher in the second half of the innings. However, the veteran South African cricketer was in a different zone altogether as he went berserk at the death to take his team to 204/4 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. Courtesy his innings of an unbeaten 76 from 34 deliveries, Bangalore not only went on to win their match but made their best start in IPL history, clinching wins in their first three matches.
Lucky to be playing in front of my family: ABD
After the win, a happy De Villiers revealed that he was thinking about his family while batting. The 37-year-old said that he was lucky enough to be playing in front of his family since his sons are now able to understand the game a bit and realise that Daddy is playing. ABD also termed playing another season at RCB a “blessing” and said that he is looking forward to having a lot of fun this year in the tournament.
Game Day: RCB v KKR, Dressing Room Video
A job well done, and the focus immediately shifts to our next game in Mumbai. Our players and coaches reflect upon the win against KKR and look forward to continuing the strong run.#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #IPL2021 #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/yDviZz651R
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 19, 2021
We were treated to two masterclasses from Maxwell and AB: Simon Katich
Meanwhile, RCB head coach Simon Katich said that in terms of T20 batting they were fortunate to witness two masterclasses from Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers. However, Katich was quick to point out the contribution of Devdutt Padikkal in the partnership between himself and Maxwell that led Bangalore’s recovery after two quick wickets. “I think young Dev’s innings shouldn’t go unmentioned,” he said.