IPL 2018: AB de Villiers Hails Virat Kohli as a ‘Force of Nature at Crease’
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) talismanic batsman AB de Villiers has hailed Virat Kohli as a force of nature at the crease. Meanwhile, both AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli loves batting with each other.
Also, RCB skipper Kohli had recently said that he loves batting with de Villiers. This came after a fine partnership between two giants of the cricketing world against Delhi Daredevils (DD) at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
Both star batters had put on an alliance of 118 runs. Men in Red had their backs against the wall when they had lost both their openers for just 18 runs.
Both Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are modern day greats.
De Villiers wrote in his column of Times of India that it was great to note Kohli hitting the ground running.
“After the loss of two early wickets, Virat Kohli and I found ourselves batting together, something we both enjoy. I battled at first, struggling to find my timing; it has been hard to regain my rhythm after falling ill. I missed a couple of matches, but it was great to see Virat driving the ball for six over extra cover and then whipping another maximum over mid-wicket,” de Villiers wrote.
The South African icon de Villiers added that Kohli helped him in taking his time when he struggled to find his touch in the initial phase of the innings.
“He is so skilful and determined, a force of nature at crease, and, ball by ball, he helped me get back into the game until I could start to make a contribution, playing my part as we reached our target with an over to spare,” he further penned down.
The Proteas batsman further added that Moeen Ali and Yuzvendra Chahal did a fine job for them in the first 15 overs.
However, de Villiers added they conceded more runs in the final five overs of the innings.
“On Saturday evening, against DD in Delhi, we needed to make a strong start — that’s twice as important away from home because you can quell the excitement of the home supporters — and, bowling first in Delhi, Yuzvendra Chahal and Moeen Ali each produced excellent spells of bowling. We contained DD in the first 15 but, again, conceded far too many runs in the last five overs and left ourselves a challenging target of 182 to win the match,” de Villiers noted.
It is noticed that Royal Challengers are heavily reliant on the shoulders of AB de Villiers and Kohli.
RCB think tank will hope that other batsmen also contributes in the upcoming imperative matches.
However, Men in Red are hanging on by a thin thread in IPL 2018.
Consequently, Virat Kohli-led team cannot afford any more hiccups. RCB will take on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Holkar Stadium on Monday (May 14). The visiting side will be aiming to keep their playoffs hopes alive.