Indian domestic batsman Gurkeerat Singh will ply his trade for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) this year. So far, Gurkeerat Singh has played in only 33 IPL games for Kings XI Punjab and RCB, scoring 440 runs at 18.33, maintaining a strike rate of 128.65. The 30-year old is relishing the challenge of learning from former South African captain AB De Villiers in practice sessions.
The franchise took to its official Twitter handle, posting a montage of their latest training session as they fast track their preparations for the 2020 IPL edition. RCB’s captain Virat Kohli, star batsman AB De Villiers, keeper-batsman Parthiv Patel batted in the nets while Dale Steyn and Isuru Udana came running in to bowl. It came to light that the wickets in the UAE are not playing true and De Villiers spoke to Gurkeerat about the same.
Gurkeerat Singh stated that he has had conversations with the players about how the wickets will behave and feels comfortable talking to De Villiers about his batting. The Punjab-born cricketer termed De Villiers as one of the greats of the game and talk to him through texts as well.
“I’ve been talking to them about technique, and how the wicket’s going to play. I’m comfortable talking to AB de Villiers about my batting. It definitely helps you and he’s one of the greats of the game. Even when there’s no IPL, we exchange texts and I like talking to him, about my batting especially. It’s good to have everybody’s opinion and then work on it,” Gurkeerat said as quoted by Sportskeeda.
AB De Villiers advice to Gurkeerat Singh:
The veteran South African cricketer advised the Indian batsman after he got castled that if the pitch plays tricks, it is best to get off strike or step out of the crease. The 36-year old lauded Gurkeerat that he has struck the ball well and that his technique is not the problem.
“If your wicket in the game is doing that, it’s probably best to get off strike. Or come out of your crease. It’s the deck, it’s not your technique. You’ve been hitting the ball very well,” he added.