Former South African captain AB de Villiers, who is the heart of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, has thrown light on his preparation ahead of IPL 2021. AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli are arguably two of the most crucial players for the franchise, crafting many match-winning knocks and partnerships together. AB De Villiers revealed that it took plenty of hard work to stay in shape for the marquee T20 league.
AB De Villiers played an integral role in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s first win in IPL 2021 as he top-scored for the team against the Mumbai Indians in a tight game. The right-handed batsman scored 48 and plundered the big hits against ace bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult at the correct time after the side had lost a few wickets in a heap.
AB de Villiers revealed that he tries and play according to the situations in the best way possible; however, he opines that batting in the middle-order is challenging. The 36-year old believes that it’s all about acclimatizing to the situation and the fear of failure always provokes him to do better. The keeper-batsman thinks that one must start the first 20 balls well.
“It’s not always very enjoyable. I try and play the situations that I am confronted with in the best possible way, sounds pretty simple. But fact of the matter is that when you bat in the middle order, the situation changes every time. It’s a matter of adapting and trying to make most of it… It comes off more often than not. But you always know that it is possible that you are going to fail. Fear of failure always pushes me to focus more on the ball and do basics better. Try and get a start. It is important to start the first 20 balls well,” De Villiers stated as quoted by India Today.
I must say the work to get back to decent form was a lot harder than before: AB De Villiers
AB de Villiers highlighted that the work to get back to decent form for the extravaganza was a lot harder and began before two months. The veteran cricketer claimed having started hitting balls and spending time at the gym to get him going when the matches start.
“I must say the work to get back to decent form was a lot harder than before and the last match I played was in last IPL. It doesn’t mean that I didn’t put in the hard yards and I started about two months ago. I had 2-3 months off, stayed fit in the gym and I started hitting cricket balls. Enough to get me to space, to get me going,” he added.