Things were supposed to be different this year for RCB, as their adoring Bengaluru fans were very excited with the squad that was picked in the auction held earlier this year.
But a few games into the tournament and RCB finds itself at the bottom of the table. It has become achingly familiar to the fans, as the Bengaluru franchise just cannot get their bowling and batting to click together.
It is only but natural that you rely heavily on your superstars, but RCB’s reliance on Kohli and De Villiers has been one of their biggest concerns over the years.
Kohli played a valiant 90 odd against Mumbai the other day, as AB has played two outstanding knocks to give RCB two wins out of their first five games.
Kohli’s captaincy has also come into question this year, as some feel that the RCB champion has not been making right decisions on the field.
But De Villiers has come out in support for his friend, as the South African legend has praised the leadership of Virat Kohli.
“The true judge of a good captain is when you don’t perform well and still do a good job while leading a side. He has come through with flying colours when it comes to that. He has been a fantastic captain for us.”
“In the last five years or so I have seen a lot of talent coming through. I see youngsters playing without any fear so I won’t be surprised if a couple of players come through. I won’t say that only the experienced players are performing. We’re not even halfway through yet, so there is a lot of time for the youngsters to do well,” he added.
Asked whether he and Kohli feel the pressure when other batsmen fail to score runs, de Villiers said: “It is normal to feel pressure because we are international players. However, I don’t feel extra pressure, I don’t think Virat feels it either. We have a team of match-winners and it is up to us to share the load.”