AB de Villiers hates Super Overs
T20 is a batsman’s game but bowlers aren’t mugs. They come up with their variations, the carrom ball, the slower bouncer, even the intentional half volley hoping for a mishit.
Batsmen have to be on the top of their game all the time, figuring out new ways to hit the ball and new parts of the ground to hit them to. And no one does inventive batting in T20 better than AB de Villiers.
Dr. Vijay Mallya agrees. “He’s the best. Yes, he does often threaten to give me a heart attack with those unbelievable shots he plays. But he is the best” the RCB owner has to say about AB de Villiers.
The talented South African batsman rescued RCB in the Super Over finish against Delhi Daredevils, hitting two incredible sixes to help the team put up a score they just managed to defend.
He spoke to IPLT20.com about the thrilling game and here are the excerpts from his interview.
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“I personally have to take a bit of responsibility for that. My run-out started a big collapse and that was unfortunate. In saying that, we have got two points and I am delighted for the team. This win means a lot to us and we find ourselves in a strong position now, having won four out of six games.”
How does it feel to bat in a Super Over?
“It might be entertaining for the viewers but I tell you, it’s not very enjoyable when you’re out there with so much pressure and only six balls. I was very happy to see the last two balls sail over the boundary, which got us into a good position to win the game.”
How did it get so close?
“We do have some serious batting firepower upfront and hence we should have finished this game in the 20 overs itself. The fact that we collapsed a bit, tells a bad story about our batting line-up. But we’ll fight back and in the next game will come through more convincingly.”
What do such high pressure games teach teams?
“That’s the positive that we will take out of this match – the fact that we won a pressure game. There were a lot of negatives in the way we batted out there but the fact that we pulled through it, means a lot to us all.”
How do you follow up a batsman like Chris Gayle?
“Yes, Chris is a fantastic player but one guy cannot perform in every game. Myself, Virat and a few other batsmen in the team understand that we will have to win some games for the team as well. We have a lot of experience in our batting line-up and it’s time that we start to take control of the games.”
Does the strengthened bowling attack give the batsmen confidence?
“Definitely! It’s a big psychological advantage. Mentally we batsmen know that we have a strong bowling attack that has our back. The bowlers have proved that they can win us games by defending not very big totals and restricting the other team to gettable targets.”
Should we watch out for any new shots this season?
“Always! My boss (Dr. Vijay Mallya, the owner of RCB) is not happy with my funny shots that I play. But more often than not they come off and I have the confidence in my abilities, so I will keep playing them.”