Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Quitting global cricket has kept me energetic - AB de Villiers

Quitting global cricket has kept me energetic - AB de Villiers

Bottom-placed RCB finally ended their winning draught in the ongoing season as Kohli's scintillating 53-ball 67 followed by AB de Villiers (59* off 38) and Marcus Stoinis' (28* off 16) fruitful knocks guided them to a thumping eight-wicket victory over KXIP at the I.S. Bindra Stadium. That's exactly the reason I have decided not to play global cricket, because I want to be sharp for other tournaments. "Can't keep playing 10-11 months a year and keep being sharp after 15 of my career".

'I think it was a fantastic move to get Dale involved, ' De Villiers said. We have to win every game from here on. Meanwhile South Africa cricket will be in dilemma and concern about Dale playing in IPL as his fitness matters for the upcoming cricket World Cup. It was really dry (without dew) in the first half.

De Villiers admitted that he had got himself out a couple of times without converting, but said that hadn't bogged him down.

"Most pleasing thing is coming for an interview at this time, and not immediately out of the field".

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"We tried with wrist spinners and even I came to bowl, but they were smart enough to knock around and not take any chances". It is likely MI will go back to the experienced Sri Lankan - particularly given the psychological edge he holds over RCB after bowling an exceptional last over when the two teams last met.

"I said to him (AB), that he is probably the best player of our generation and he showed it today", he said. After six straight defeats, Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to stay afloat when they take on an inconsistent Kings XI Punjab. We need to string some wins (together).

But the won was soured a bit when Virat Kohli became the third captain in IPL 2019 to be slapped a fine for his team maintaining a slow over-rate.

De Villiers also spoke about his former South African teammate Dale Steyn who has joined the RCB ranks after Nathan Coulter-Nile's participation in the IPL was curtailed due to worldwide commitments and personal reasons.

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