Pune: Notwithstanding the comprehensive win against Rajasthan Royals in their IPL Eliminator, AB de Villiers says Royal Challengers Bangalore will be wary of Chennai Super Kings in tomorrow’s qualifier 2 as they are a tough team to beat.
“It is going to be a very difficult match. We know that CSK are a very good and tough team to beat. We would love to go to Ranchi and beat them. It would be amazing if we can then go a step further and win the trophy. Right now we have to take it step by step,” said de Villiers.
De Villiers hit a fighting 66 and shared a match-winning 113-run stand with Mandeep Singh (54 not out) as the Bangalore outfit recovered from a sluggish start to post a challenging 180 for four and eventually won by 71 runs against Rajasthan Royals here last night.
But the hard-hitting South African batsman chose to give all the credit to his partner Mandeep for helping him to continue the momentum.
“To be very honest I didn’t play very well today. I have to give all credit to Mandeep Singh for the way he played. It was not as fluent a knock as I wanted it to be but I guess it all comes with experience. I struggled in the first few overs but I fought it through and I was lucky to be there in the end to express myself,” de Villiers was quoted as saying by ‘iplt20.Com’.
Asked if his batting at No. 3 gives RCB a chance of winning, de Villiers said: “It does give me a chance to pace my innings and build it in cases like the one (against Rajasthan Royals). This wasn’t an easy wicket to bat on. I wouldn’t have been able to get those shots away in the slog overs had I just come in to bat.
“I tried to do it earlier in my innings but I failed. That is why I say a lot of credit should go to Mandeep. He helped me get a bit of momentum by my side and it paid off.”
De Villiers said he was happy to play a part in the development of the youngsters in the side.
“What would life be without having a good influence on other people? That is what it is all about. I am trying to make a positive influence on some young players in the team and if Mandeep says I have, it makes me a very happy man. It feels like I am achieving my goal, which ultimately is to make a positive contribution to the lives of people around me.
“What impresses me the most about Mandeep is that he has a very cool head over his shoulders and he makes good decisions under pressure,” said de Villiers.
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