Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) last shared a video from the locker room after they left IPL 2020, following a six-wicket loss to SunRisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator on Friday. While most RCB batsmen struggled with a quality SRH bowling strike, AB de Villiers stood up in a tough situation and scored a gritty half-century. He scored the highest score for RCB, scoring 56 runs from 43 balls to help his side post 131/7. After the defeat, De Villiers thanked all the fans for their support during the tournament and also said “sorry” I didn’t go all the way.
“A memorable campaign came to a disappointing end, but the RCB players enjoy the last moments together in the dressing room before flying out of Dubai. PS: After about 80 consecutive days, this is our last 9 hours video for the #IPL, RCB tweeted while sharing the video.
A memorable campaign came to a disappointing end, but the RCB players enjoy the last moments together in the dressing room before flying out of Dubai.
– Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) November 7, 2020
The former South African skipper, who was the team’s third top scorer this season, said they gave their “best shot” and went out with many positive points. De Villiers scored 454 runs from 15 games, with the help of five fifties at a strike rate of 158.7.
“To all our RCB fans, thank you very much for the support. I wish you were here for the whole tournament, we could have used some support from you in the stadium, but we didn’t. Hopefully next time. Sorry about that. I did not go all the way. We did our best and we had a lot of fun. There are many positive things that we will include in the future. Thank you very much for your support and always standing behind us “, said de Villiers in the video uploaded to RCB’s Twitter handle.
Skipper Virat Kohli addressed his teammates after their loss, saying that the way the team fought to the end is something they can be proud of and build on the positives of the following season.
He also thanked the support staff, especially the coaches for creating a “brilliant structure”.
“I think we played a good consistent cricket and fell off the back. Probably we didn’t play our best cricket from that game in Mumbai that we played here (Abu Dhabi). I would have liked to go even further and I know fans wanted. really that we went on. But some positives this season, guys like Devdutt (Padikkal) who stood up for the team and have a great season as opener. Siraj is coming back nicely after a difficult season last year. Lots of positives and something certainly can continue, ”Kohli said
Aaron Finch, who has played for several franchises in the IPL, said it was the “best group” he was ever part of in the cash-rich competition.
“By far the best group I’ve ever been part of in the IPL. Because we were so close together and in the bubble, we all had to be very close and very close, it was a great experience,” said the skipper. Australia with limited overs.
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