Recently, In a match between Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Thursday, Shivam Dube and Washington Sundar came out to bat ahead of the in-form AB de Villiers.
The logic given by skipper Virat Kohli after the match was that the left-handers were sent out to counter the KXIP leg-spinners. However, the strategy didn’t pay off as neither man went on to make a big score.
De Villiers then came in to bat towards the end of the game but the former South Africa captain was not upset at the decision, saying it was a call by the coach and captain that he agreed with and supported.
“At the outset, let me say I am a team man. If the coach and captain agree a strategy, I am not going to second guess them. I will always support them. That’s the way successful teams function,” De Villiers wrote in his column for Hindustan Times.
“RCB chose to bat first against Kings XI Punjab, and I was expecting to go in at No. 4 as usual. In fact, when the second wicket fell, with our score 62 for two in the sixth over, I started to make my way through the gate that leads out to the wicket.
“At that precise moment, I was asked to wait because the coach and captain had decided to send out left-handers to face the two KXIP leg-spinners, who were bowling at the time.”
He further went on to term the call a ‘legitimate cricketing decision’ and said that all his focus is on batting wherever the team needs him to.
“That was a legitimate cricketing decision. Teams all around the world often prefer left-handed batsmen to face leg-spin bowling. I did not question the call at the time it was made, and I do not question the call now. There is absolutely no problem from my side.
“For my part, I am eager and willing to bat wherever and whenever the team needs me, and to help RCB advance our campaign to realise our potential and win this league.”
Source: News 18