IPL 2019: AB de Villiers wants RCB batsmen to step up in home game vs MI

first_imgIPL 2019: AB de Villiers wants RCB batsmen to step up in home game vs MIIPL 2019: AB de Villiers also opined that bowlers are always going to find it tough in batting-friendly conditions at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Royal Challengers Bangalore host Mumbai Indians at the venue on Thursday. advertisement Press Trust of India BengaluruMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 23:06 IST IPL 2019: AB de Villiers struggled to fire for RCB in their opener in Chennai on Saturday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe wicket at M Chinnaswamy Stadium is more often than not good for the batters: AB de VilliersAB de Villiers said RCB batsmen need to take more responsibility in their home game against MIRCB were bowled out for 70 in their IPL 2019 opener against Chennai Super Kings on SaturdayJasprit Bumrah may be one of the finest T20 bowlers going around but on a batting friendly track at the Chinnaswamy aided by short side boundaries, it ccouldput any bowler under pressure, feels AB de Villiers.Bumrah’s participation is doubtful due to his shoulder injury but RCB’s senior-most batsman said that even if MI fields their strike bowler, there are no guarantees of a sure shot result.”No one is perfect and yes Bumrah is a very good bowler but he is also not supposed to get it right all the time. Here the ground is not very huge and the wicket is more often than not good for the batters. For that matter, all the bowlers are under pressure here,” he told reporters on the eve of RCB’s first home encounter of the season against Mumbai Indians.Up to the batsmen to play a good game: De VilliersResponding to a dismal start to the IPL, De Villiers said the team need to play better cricket than the last game, especially the batsmen.”It is up to us batters to play a good game in the next match, assess the conditions well. Whichever wicket we are getting we need to play better cricket than the last game,” he said.RCB had a poor start to their IPL 2019 campaign after they were bowled out for a lowly 70 on a slow and turning track in Chennai.De Villiers said conditions were difficult but conceded his team should have still batted better than they did.advertisementDe Villiers said Bangalore did not have the luxury of having seamers and spinners that Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had at his disposal.”Dhoni had seamers but he also had spin back up. We did not have that luxury but I thought we had a fantastically balanced team that can play cricket on any wicket in the world. Obviously, looking back after the ball turned two meters, you want to play on a different wicket but no one was expecting it,” he said.Also Read | Chris Gayle’s body and energy don’t suggest he’s nearing 40: KL RahulAlso Read | Friends are making fun of me: KL Rahul on catch celebration vs RajasthanAlso Read | With World Cup in mind, KL Rahul promises to be more disciplined in IPL 2019Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow RCB vs MIFollow IPL 2019Follow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow M Chinnaswamy StadiumFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow AB de VilliersFollow MS DhoniFollow Jasprit Bumrahlast_img read more