IPL 2021: Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli doffed his hat to AB de Villiers and Mohammed Siraj after RCB reached the top of the points table with a 1-run win over Delhi Capitals.
Virat Kohli was in awe of RCB star AB de Villiers. (Courtesy by BCCI)
- Virat Kohli was impressed with AB de Villiers after his match-winning knock vs DC
- Mohammed Siraj held his nerves to give RCB fifth win in IPL 2021
- Mohammed Siraj finished clinically in the end: Kohli on RCB’s win
Virat Kohli heaped rich praise on AB de Villiers and Mohammed Siraj after Royal Challengers Bangalore held their nerves to pip Delhi Capitals by 1 run in a last-over thriller at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad in Match 22 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 on Tuesday.
AB de Villiers made an unbeaten 75 while Siraj defended 14 runs in the last over as RCB defeated DC by 1 run to move back to the top of the points table. A 78-run unbeaten stand between Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer almost won the match for Delhi Capitals before Siraj executed his pin-point yorkers to seal 1-run for Bangalore in Ahmedabad.
“At one stage I did [feel it was getting away]. But the way Siraj started the last over gave us confidence. He finished clinically in the end. I still feel we could have done things differently. In the field a couple of lapses. Maxi, AB, Rajat had some nice innings,” Virat Kohli said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
Virat Kohli was also impressed with his fast bowlers as he thanked the little sandstorm in the middle which helped his side keep the ball dry.
“For the most part, I think we were top in this game with our bowlers. We felt 160-165 was par. It was a bit two-paced. There wasn’t any dew tonight thanks to that little sandstorm in the middle and we ended up bowling with a dry ball. If you look at our bowling line-up, Maxi’s still not bowling, he’s the 7th option. As a captain I can bowl guys at different stages, take the load off one another. And Maxi is yet to bowl. We’ve always had batting but now bowling as well,” Kohli added.
“I choose to be optimistic. You do well pressure as captain, when you do this for a long time you need to manage that. I generally go with the gut feeling of the bowler. A lot of credit goes to this guy behind me [AB], he hasn’t played competitive cricket in five months but he keeps doing this,” Kohli further said.