AB de Villiers has been a key batsman in the RCB set-up and the franchise has heavily relied on his experience. De Villiers batted brilliantly in the tie against Mumbai Indians on Monday to help his side level total. The former South Africa captain remained unbeaten on 55 runs from 24 balls to help RCB tie the game.
De Villiers’ knock was laced with four boundaries and as many hits over the fence. RCB all-rounder Washington Sundar credited de Villiers for the balance he has brought to the side. Sundar said that de Villiers can do everything that is expected out of him and his wicket-keeping adds value to the side.
“Tell me one thing that he cannot do, whatever the team needs him to do he will do, he will be more than happy to do and he has been doing that for so many years for RCB,” Sundar said of the 36-year-old star.
“It adds a lot of balance and he behind the wickets also gives bowlers a lot of thought process and he adds a lot of value to the team,” he added.
After the match was tied, Mumbai Indians decided to go with Kieron Pollard, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya in the Super Over. Mumbai Indians managed to score only seven runs in the Super Over with all-rounder Hardik Pandya missing the final delivery. RCB, started their chase with AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli, and got home comfortably with the captain hitting the winning boundary.
By the virtue of the victory, RCB have registered the second win of the IPL 2020 and are seated third in the points table. RCB has the record of reaching three finals. RCB entered the final match last time in 2016 but since then they have been at the bottom of the table. Moreover, in 2019, the franchise finished last with just 5 wins from 14 matches. The team chairman has also said that though the team is learning, not winning titles adds pressure.