IPL 2018: RCB not heavily reliant on AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli says, Mandeep Singh

De Villiers scored 90 off 39 balls in an elusive RCB win.

Mandeep's watch ABD's brilliance from the other end against DD. (PTI)

Mandeep Singh scored 17 off 9 deliveries as he was at the other end standing watching AB de Villiers' brilliance who scored 90 from 39 deliveries as RCB notched up an important win to stay in the reckoning still in the IPL. 

Mandeep Singh after the match said that they are not heavily reliant on the duo to dig them out of trouble every time. 

“Our batting side is alright, it’s not heavily dependent on them" said Mandeep. 

“According to me, they’re the world’s best batsmen and a lot of people see them and say that only they can win the match and we are heavily dependent on them,” said Mandeep after the match. “If they’re in any team, it’s a sure thing that everyone will be looking at them only.”

Mandeep explained that when batting with Kohli or de Villiers, his strategy was to read the situation and play accordingly.

“If you see, the game we won against KXIP, I was batting with him (de Villiers). I had the temptation to go for the big shot but I made my mind very clear that if we stay for another three-four overs, the game will be ours,” said Mandeep. “So I made it very clear that I’m not going to try some stupid shot over here and get out and we just need to build a partnership over here and we will win the game.”

Rishabh pant on the other end said that Rahul Tewatia's spell made the difference during RCB's chase. Tewatia gave 26 off his 3 overs as RCB won the match with 2 overs to spare. 

“In the first innings, the ball was turning much actually but in the second innings, the ball just turned a little bit and that made all the difference, the way AB played,” felt Pant. “Because of the dew, it got better in the second innings but that is a part of the game and we planned it out perfectly but we lost the match unfortunately.”

Mandeep joined Pant's verdict on the same saying  “I think even when we were bowling, the first few overs spun,” held Mandeep. “The dew was very heavy today and the ball got wet, it was coming nicely on the bat in the later part of the innings. Same happened with our innings as well. When they bowled with the new ball, it was spinning quite a lot but when Rahul Tewatia came, I think he was not able to turn that ball that much.”

Mandeep concluded by saying that Pant reminded him of a young Yuvraj Singh. “When we were younger, we used to talk about Yuvraj Singh and how he used to hit the most sixes. I think in our generation now and in our time, Rishabh Pant is one name who can hit sixes any time and has a lot of ability,” concluded  Mandeep.

Bangalore’s next match is against Chennai Super Kings on April 25 while Delhi take on Kings XI Punjab on April 23.


By Anshuman Roy - 22 Apr, 2018

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