Sat, 31 Oct 2020

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli has heaped praise on team-mate AB de Villiers after the South African steered the team to victory on Monday.

De Villiers smashed an unbeaten 55 off 24 balls (4 fours and 4 sixes) as Bangalore scored 201 for three against the reigning champions Mumbai Indians.

The former Proteas batsman made his second half-century of the tournament and also surpassed 4 500 IPL runs.

De Villiers, who was named man of the match, was dehydrated following the match and Kohli accepted his award on his behalf.

"I wish I was AB to be honest," joked the Indian skipper. "He was coming after a long break. The way he batted and some of the shots he played was outstanding."

De Villiers stood behind the stumps and Kohli acknowledged De Villiers' all-round ability has been a delight.

"Even with the gloves he did a great job but just to have his energy on the field and getting stuck into the bowlers and only he can do that best. It was a joy to watch," said Kohli.

Despite Mumbai Indians taking the game to a super over, it was De Villiers and Kohli who steered their side to a final-ball thrilling win in Dubai.

Kohli stated that there are not a lot of players like De Villiers.

"He keeps things simple and doesn't watch a lot of cricket. He enjoys his golf, enjoys his life and comes out here, backs his ability and there are very few like him," said Kohli.

"He's relaxed and has turned out on the field every time he walks on to the field and that's exactly what we need from him."

The Royal Challengers Bangalore's next game is on Saturday when they take on Rajasthan Royals at 12:00 SA time.

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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