Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman AB de Villiers shared a light moment in the dressing room when he imitated skipper Virat Kohli’s ecstatic celebrations during their match against Mumbai Indians (MI) on Sunday.
RCB defeated the defending champions by 54 runs courtesy of a brilliant bowling performance on the night. Yuzvendra Chahal had staggering figures of 3/11 in his four overs including a wicket-maiden in the 18th over.
Purple cap holder, Harshal Patel, snared four wickets including the match-winning hattrick. He dismissed Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, and Rahul Chahar off consecutive deliveries to kill the game on the spot. The win consolidated RCB’s position in third place.
In the dressing room, the team celebrated the dominant victory and reveled in their performance against the Rohit Sharma-led side. During the joyous moments, former Proteas batsman, De Villiers mimicked Kohli’s fist-pumping and strong celebrations much to the amusement of the teammates.
Watch AB de Villiers having a bit of fun here:
“As AB de Villiers said, don’t get too excited” – Virat Kohli’s message to the squad after the victory
Virat Kohli was keen to let his side know that the league was far from over. He mentioned that the team shouldn’t become complacent after just one victory. He hoped to see the RCB side maintain its intensity and continue pushing in the remainder of the IPL 2021 season.
“We can be very proud of that, as AB said, don’t get too excited with the win. Stay consistent. Against a side like Mumbai, nothing is going to be given to us. We had to work hard for it. The accumulation of all the hard work over 36 overs, in the end, we deserved to be in that position.”
“Small things mattered. The way KS (Bharat) showed intent when he walked out to bat, the way Maxi hit the bowlers to the areas to where he wanted to, and with the ball as well… I never felt at any stage, we were going to be blown away. That is exactly what we wanted to do on the field,” Kohli said.
RCB managed to break their 7-match losing streak in UAE stretching back to the IPL 2021. They now have 12 points from 10 games and will face Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Wednesday.