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You need a collective hunger and desire to operate as a strong unit: AB de Villiers

The Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has experienced a dreadful run in the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Bangalore-based franchisee has already lost six games in a row and is now left with a mountainous task of winning all their remaining eight games in order to qualify for the knockout stage. In his recent column for the Times of India, RCB’s premier overseas batsman AB de Villiers opened up on the reasons for his team’s disappointing performance thus far in the season.

De Villiers blames the poor fielding effort for the downfall

Royal Challengers recently succumbed to a convincing 4-wicket defeat at the hands of Delhi Capitals at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. De Villiers wrote in his column that after the loss to Delhi, he had a conversation with the RCB head coach Gary Kirsten. He mentioned that he told Kirsten that the team’s performance is best judged by its fielding efforts. He reckoned that besides being a batsman or a bowler, players should focus on their fielding as well.

“After our most recent defeat at home to Delhi Capitals on Sunday, when we were unable to defend 149 on a slow wicket, I happened to sit next to Gary Kirsten on the bus, as we left the stadium and drove past thousands of our disappointed supporters. The head coach asked me what I was thinking.

“I replied: “More often than not, in cricket, you can assess the state of a team by the way they field. Each player is a batsman or a bowler, and it is understandable that their primary focus is on batting or bowling… but every player is also a fielder and in my view, you need a collective hunger and desire to operate as a strong unit in the field,” wrote AB de Villiers.

That’s where we are failing

The former South African cricketer noted that they have dropped quite a few chances in the field during the recent matches. He mentioned that there fielding effort has surely been below-par thus far in the season. De Villiers believes that dropping multiple chances in every next game has been the reason for RCB’s downfall.

“Maybe that’s where we are failing. Our fielding in this tournament has been very poor, and we simply can’t afford to be dropping multiple chances in every match,” furthered the former Proteas cricketer in his recent column.