IPL 2020: I was expecting to bat at number four against Punjab – de Villiers


Friday night was very busy in Sharjah. I want to make one thing more clear, I am a team man. If the coach and captain agree on a strategy, then I do not doubt them, but I have full support. This is what happens in team sports and this is how a successful team works. Bangalore decided to bat first against Punjab and I was expecting to bat at number four. When the second wicket fell in the sixth over, I started crossing the gate whose path leads to the ground.

At the same time I was asked to wait because the coach and captain had decided that we have to maintain a combination of right and left handed batsmen in front of the two Punjab leg-spinners who were bowling at the time. This was the right decision. Teams around the world prefer to feed left-handed batsmen in front of leg-spinners. I did not question the decision when it was taken nor am I questioning it now. There is no problem about it from my side.

After Chris Maurice’s aggressive batting, our team reached 171 for six wickets in 20 overs. Maybe it was a few runs less than the runs we needed on Sharjah’s slow pitch. KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle all contributed significantly in chasing the target. Despite some dreadful experience at the last minute, the Punjab team managed to secure a victory that kept their hopes alive in the IPL. I believe that any team can beat any team when it has its day in this tournament.

As far as RCB is concerned, we have to continue to work hard to come out of this disappointing defeat and get the rhythm in the next match against Rajasthan Royals in Dubai on Saturday. Speaking for myself, I am ready to bat anytime, anywhere according to the need of the team so that I can help the team in the campaign to win this league.

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