Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman AB de Villiers plays a shot during a cricket match of IPL 2020 against Kolkata Knight Riders.

It was definitely an eventful evening on Thursday in Sharjah.

At the outset, let me say I’m a group man. If the coach and captain agree a method, I’m not going to second guess them. I’ll at all times assist them. That’s the best way profitable groups perform.

RCB selected to bat first in opposition to Kings XI Punjab, and I used to be anticipating to go in at No.four as standard. In reality, when the second wicket fell, with our rating 62 for 2 within the sixth over, I began to make my approach by means of the gate that leads out to the wicket.

At that exact second, I used to be requested to attend as a result of the coach and captain had determined to ship out left-handers to face the 2 KXIP leg-spinners, who had been bowling on the time.

That was a reliable cricketing choice. Teams all world wide typically choose left-handed batsmen to face leg-spin bowling. I didn’t query the decision on the time it was made, and I don’t query the decision now. There is totally no drawback from my aspect.

With Chris Morris main a late cost, we reached 171 for six in our 20 overs, possibly just a few runs behind the place we’d have needed to be on an more and more gradual Sharjah pitch. KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle all contributed to the run chase and, regardless of a late scare, KXIP secured the win they wanted to maintain their IPL hopes alive.

In my view, KXIP are a significantly better group than their present league place suggests, and, on this match, it truly is the case that anyone can beat anyone on any given day. Any of the eight groups are able to profitable 5 – 6 matches in a row. This is what makes the IPL such an thrilling contest; it’s utterly unpredictable.

From an RCB perspective, we have to transfer on from what turned out to be a disappointing night, proceed to work onerous, give attention to executing our core abilities accurately and attempt to regain that treasured profitable momentum in opposition to RR in Dubai on Saturday.

For my half, I’m keen and prepared to bat wherever and at any time when the group wants me, and to assist RCB advance our marketing campaign to understand our potential and win this league.

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