Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are pretty much out of contention for a place in the playoffs in the 10th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 after loss against Mumbai Indians (MI) on Monday. However, South African skipper and RCB’s star player AB de Villiers believes his side would look to end the season on a high in the remaining matches. RCB are languishing at the seventh position with only 2 victories from 11 games. Their only wins came against Delhi Daredevils (DD) and Gujarat Lions (GL) and have fallen off the cliff many games due to erratic batting performances. READ: Virat Kohli: IPL 2017 not Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) season
“Royal Challengers Bangalore would look to salvage pride by winning the remaining IPL matches and end the season on a high. Unfortunately, this year we haven’t played as well as we wanted to but I think there are some valuable lessons we have learnt throughout the season. I think we have let ourselves down a little bit in the last few games not competing as well as we want to,” said AB de Villiers.
“(Last evening) I thought we were right in the game. Which was great and that is the kind of thing you want, that you want to compete. It was a really good game of cricket. In the last few balls, I was very nervous. I was hoping we could somehow find a way to pull it through but it wasn’t meant to be. We have a few more games left and hopefully will finish the season with dignity,” de Villiers added.
De Villiers, who played a vital hand in taking RCB to a competitive score with a quick-fire 27-ball 43 against MI, backed Rohit Sharma-led side to go the distance in the 10th edition. ”I think they (Mumbai Indians) have got a wonderful team as well and they have got a really good chance of going all the way this season,” he added.
Sharing on his IPL journey so far, de Villiers mentioned, “The last 10 years of IPL, what I can say, it has been a great ride. It has certainly been life-changing for me. I started my IPL career at Delhi Daredevils for the first three years, which was a very good experience and then moved to Royal Challengers Bangalore, and this is my seventh season with them now. I could not have asked for a better franchise to play IPL for, they are a very professional unit.”
“The memories stand out for me, I have created some great memories over the last 10 years, the fans, the electric vibes in the grounds that we get, the friendships I have made in the team and around the team, the people who support us, those are the kind of things that stand out for me in the last 10 years of the IPL. It is just great memories and I am just honoured and privileged to be a part of the IPL,” De Villiers stated.
De Villiers also said he is gearing up for June’s ICC Champions Trophy, to be held in England and Wales, after IPL. ”My next commitment after the IPL is the Champions Trophy; something that South Africans would love to win. India won it last time in England and they have a strong campaign around this year as well. There is quite a bit of cricket in the next few years and I would like to think that I am going to play for quite a few more years,” he concluded.