AB de Villiers batted at quantity six within the match in opposition to Kings XI Punjab on Thursday – a call which stirred conversations and criticism on social media platforms.
As a result of presence of two leg-spinners within the KXIP aspect, the RCB had determined to advertise Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube over AB de Villiers within the batting order. Nonetheless, the RCB could not capitalize on the tactical change because the aspect confronted an eight-wicket defeat.
In a column for the Hindustan Occasions, de Villiers has damaged silence on batting late within the recreation in opposition to Punjab. He mentioned that he helps the workforce resolution and is keen to bat wherever the workforce wants him.
“RCB selected to bat first in opposition to Kings XI Punjab, and I used to be anticipating to go in at No.four as ordinary. In reality, when the second wicket fell, with our rating 62 for 2 within the sixth over, I began to make my means by way of the gate that leads out to the wicket,” wrote de Villiers.
“At that exact second, I used to be requested to attend as a result of the coach and captain had determined to ship out left-handers to face the 2 KXIP leg-spinners, who have been bowling on the time.
“That was a legit cricketing resolution. Groups all around the globe typically desire left-handed batsmen to face leg-spin bowling. I didn’t query the decision on the time it was made, and I don’t query the decision now. There’s completely no downside from my aspect.”
The South African batsman has been one of many in-form batsmen for the RCB this season.
“In my opinion, I’m keen and keen to bat wherever and every time the workforce wants me, and to assist RCB advance our marketing campaign to understand our potential and win this league,” he additional wrote.
AB de Villiers has scored 230 runs in eight matches for the RCB to date, and boasts of the very best strike-rate among the many top-15 run-scorers of the match this 12 months (179.60).