AB de Villiers Confident Ahead of IPL Playoffs

RCB face SRH in Eliminator clash

AB de Villiers batting for South Africa

AB de Villiers believes Royal Challengers have what it takes to win the next three matches and lift the Indian Premier League trophy.

RCB have qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2016 when they lost in the final to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

They now face a repeat of that fixture in this year’s Eliminator match. Virat Kohli’s men meet SRH in Abu Dhabi on Friday for a place in the next round.

Despite limping into the playoffs on the back of four defeat, South African star de Villiers thinks his team can turn it around.

“Now, after four consecutive defeats, can we regain our winning momentum. Can we win the three matches that stand between us and a first IPL title? Yes, we can,” the batsman wrote for his column for the Hindustan Times.

AB also underlined the importance of backing a group of players rather than chopping and changing the line-up as the tournament progresses.

He added: “In a tournament like the IPL, where any team can beat any team on any given day, the margins between winning and losing are often perilously thin.

“When things go wrong, the temptation can be to make wholesale changes; in most cases, it is better to stick to the same basic plan and maybe make a few tweaks.”

AB Wants to bring Joy to Bengaluru

De Villiers is also keen to lift the IPL title for the RCB fans back in India.

“We need to bring joy to our hundreds of thousands of supporters at home in Bengaluru and around the world, watching from home, gathered as families, many of them facing up to the fear and uncertainty caused by the global pandemic,” he added.

Meanwhile, Royal Challengers captain Virat Kohli is also happy to be in the Indian Premier League playoff picture.

A top-two spot slipped away for them but it is a big improvement for a side that finished bottom of the group in the previous two IPLs in 2018 and 2019.

“I want all of us to be in a positive mindset. I promise you we will have more fun in this next week than we had in two and a half months,” said Kohli in a video posted on RCB's Twitter handle.

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