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ABD happy to hit the final frontier

sports Updated: May 26, 2016 07:15 IST

BENGALURU: Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have been superb individually and have formed a terrific partnership as well this season. Kohli took the team home in the do-or-die game against Delhi Daredevils, and in Qualifier 1, when everyone else flopped, de Villiers guided RCB into the final.

Kohli has amassed a record 919 runs and de Villiers 682. Their chemistry batting together is brilliant, but after defeating Gujarat Lions on Tuesday, de Villiers revealed that their approach to the game was totally different.

“Through our innings (against Gujarat Lions), he was full of energy, giving a lot of information out. I told him – ‘Virat, you know I’ll just go naturally about it.’ He’s a thinker, I’m not a big thinker. I try and assess what’s going on, but don’t think too much. I’m never 100 per cent sure.


“It’s very easy to say now after crossing the line. But had I got out somewhere in the last three overs, everyone would have said bad decision. It’s a fine line, but I follow my instincts. I try and watch the ball closely. I’ve played the game for many years and know my talent will take over if I just watch the ball and enjoy myself out there.”

Kohli and de Villiers batting together has been the highlight of RCB’s performance this season. Their top partnerships are 229, 157, 155, 115* and 107.

Against Lions, after being reduced to 68 for six, de Villiers rescued RCB with 79 not out (47 balls). For South Africa players, the tag of chokers under pressure hurts the most, and de Villiers was looking to set the record straight.

“I haven’t played a lot of finals in my career. Been with RCB for six years and we haven’t seen a lot of finals. A lot of people said we’re underperforming but it’s moments like this that really make it worthwhile. We’ve had great team spirit for quite a few years now and we’ve played some really good cricket but just never got to enjoy a final. Hopefully we’ll win it – we don’t know what’s going to happen yet, but it’s a great honour to be in a final with this great franchise,” de Villiers said.

First Published: May 26, 2016 07:15 IST