In his column for the Times of India, de Villiers wrote, “Two home matches in three days present RCB with an ideal opportunity to draw a line beneath the disappointing start. Kolkata Knight Riders are the visitors to the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Friday, and the Delhi Capitals follow on Sunday. Both teams are talented and dangerous, but we must ensure they both have an extremely uncomfortable visit to Bengaluru.”
De Villiers expressed that though RCB have the talent, they have lost all their matches so far because they have underperformed.
“This opinion may sound somehow inadequate but, as we travelled home from Jaipur, I looked around the squad and found it very difficult to believe we have lost our first four matches. We unquestionably have the ability, the desire and the balance to be competitive in this IPL and, with 10 pool matches left, we have time to recover. At stages, of course, we have underperformed. Against RR, we played 3/10 cricket for too much of the game, allowing our innings to drift fatally in the middle overs; and then, when we tried to defend a relatively low total, we too often released the pressure with fielding errors,” de Villiers added.
De Villiers felt that if RCB beat both KKR and DC, it will definitely instill a new belief in his team.
“Such mistakes belie the intensity of our training and preparations. And yet, once the errors are erased, we will start to reap the rewards of practice sessions as tough as yesterday. Head coach Gary Kirsten will keep driving us forward with energy and positivity. The spirits remain high. We still believe. The immediate challenge is to produce two powerful performances before our own supporters, to bat with real purpose and to bowl with real discipline, to get those red flags waving, to beat both KKR and DC, and start to climb away from the bottom of the table,” de Villiers concluded.
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