IPL 2018: Home games an opportunity for RCB to bounce back in the tournament, says AB de Villiers

RCB has one win out of four as of now.

RCB thniktank needs to think about coming back to winning ways. (AFP)

RCB will play their next four games at home, which will give them a great chance to comeback in the tournament, feels AB de Villiers. 

RCB has won just one game out of four and a series of home games is just the tonic which was needed for them as per De Villiers. 

In his column for The Times of India, RCB star batsman AB de Villiers acknowledges that the franchise is under pressure to deliver but believes that the team should continue to back itself up and not get bogged down by the criticism coming its way. "Five matches into a new season that started with such high hopes, this is not where we expected to be. Winning one and losing four falls way below our expectations," he wrote. "Under pressure, the temptation is always to panic and to start doubting each other. I am certain that, under the steady and intelligent guidance of coach Dan Vittori, this RCB group is strong enough to find our way through this period and get back into contention at the top of the table."

"Our next four games will all be played in front of our home supporters at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium and this burst of matches over the next ten days presents us with an ideal opportunity to revive our campaign. Win one, win two... confidence grows...," De Villiers wrote.

Over the next 10 days, RCB plays four home games against  Delhi Daredevils (April 21), Chennai Super Kings (April 25), Kolkata Knight Riders (April 29) and Mumbai Indians (May 1). De Villiers points out this will work in their favour as a couple of wins will be enough for them to gain the momentum.

A batting heavy team RCB has been constantly criticised of having a below-par bowling attack. However,  De Villiers has defended his team's composition saying what they are lacking is rhythm. "Pundits have inevitably started to question the composition of our squad, with the familiar refrain that our team is top heavy with batsmen. I don’t agree. In my view, our recruitment was spot on and we have assembled a well-balanced squad capable of performing consistently well in what, as I’ve said, is an ever stronger competition."

"In times like this it becomes important to focus on regaining rhythm... rhythm in following our bowling plans, rhythm in our batting and rhythm in our fielding. This process starts in training and follows into matches", De Villiers went on to add. 

RCB will play Delhi Daredevils in the first of their four home games on Saturday. "Delhi Daredevils will be the visitors to Bengaluru on Friday, and they also find themselves at the wrong end of the table one third of the way through the tournament. It will be a tough match, but, by concentrating on the basics, by keeping faith both with our strategy and each other, we can start to turn the season around and deliver to the RCB supporters all around the country the success that they have so long craved and so richly deserve," De Villiers concluded. 


By Anshuman Roy - 20 Apr, 2018

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