India skipper Virat Kohli said he wished he could have been AB de Villiers after the retired South African captain played a leading role in his franchise Royal Challengers’ thrilling Super Over victory over Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday.
De Villiers not only pushed Bangalore to a challenging total of 201-3 but also made runs in the Super Over when they need seven runs to win. A top edge of De Villiers off Bumrah carried to fine leg boundary that eased the pressure on another nerve wracking day of the tournament.
Kohli collected the man-of-the-match award for De Villiers after the former South African captain was too dehydrated to attend the ceremony. He was also received medical attention during the Bangalore innings on a usually hot evening at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
“I wish I was AB de Villiers to be honest! I think he was coming off a long break. Some of the shots he played were outstanding. Good with the gloves as well. You speak with him and he keeps things simple, said Kohli after receiving the award on behalf of Kohli.
“He doesn’t watch a lot of cricket, enjoys his life, enjoys his golf. Comes out here relaxed and backs his ability, the Indian captain added who himself has been under tremendous pressure in the current season having made just 18 runs in the first three games.
Kohli was lost for words after another thrilling episode of cricket, a day after Rahul Tewatia helped Rajasthan Royals chase a mammoth 223 against Kings XI Punjab.
“I don’t have words because it was such a rollercoaster. We batted really well to get past 200 and the start with the ball was outstanding as well. They (Mumbai) played well in the middle overs, patiently, waiting for the dew to kick in,” Kohli added.