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AB de Villiers delivers emotional IPL 2017 speech for Royal Challengers Bangalore

AB de Villiers had a poor IPL 2017. With just two wins in 12 matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the mood in the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) camp is bound to be gloomy and the South African took some blame for that.

ipl 2017 Updated: May 06, 2017 20:07 IST
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Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman AB de Villiers delivered an emotional speech for his teammates.(PTI)

South Africa batsman AB de Villiers shared an emotional speech to define success and why it is completely fine to lose a few games or have a bad season

With just two wins in 12 matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the mood in the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) camp is bound to be gloomy.

The finalists last year were the first team to bow out this season and have been shoddy in all departments. The team morale is also perhaps at an all-time low with captain Virat Kohli himself admitting after the recent loss against Kings XI Punjab that nothing seems to be working for his team.

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However, matches are meant to have a winner and a loser and at a recent event of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, where the franchise was celebrating the completion of their 10 years in the tournament, de Villiers spoke of the same, urging his teammates to not get too worried about the disastrous campaign.

“It’s part of life to go through ups and downs. We all go through that in our life. I have a few quotes that I keep with myself to hold my head up when I go through some tough patches ,” de Villiers said while sharing the stage with captain Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and Shane Watson.

“I did share it with Travis (Head) and a few guys who were trying to figure out with me where we’ve gone wrong in the season. It defines success.”

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He then went on to state a quote of American essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson that read: “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to make this world a better place; and to know that your life has affected someone’s life in a positive manner in one way or another. That is to have achieved success,” he said as the audience cheered him along.

He didn’t read the entire quote though, but tried to convey his message in the simplest of manners.

“The reason why I mentioned that is when you lose a game of cricket or two, or have a bad season, you have to realise that life is not always about winning games of cricket; even though you want to win games of cricket as often as possible, but if you look around and you find the friendships that you’ve created over the years and the amazing people that are there in your life and the blessings you have, you will actually realise you’re successful as a person,” he concluded.

First Published: May 06, 2017 19:17 IST