Virat Kohli to AB de Villiers: Being your neighbour in the team hotel a lovely experience

first_imgVirat Kohli and AB de Villiers batted with steely resolve during Royal Challengers Bangalore’s must-win match against Kings XI Punjab on Saturday in Mohali. Despite the presence of two of the biggest names in world cricket, RCB failed to get a single point on board after their first six matches in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.However, on Saturday, it seems both Kohli and de Villiers were determined to help RCB end their winless drought. Skipper Kohli smashed a 53-ball 67 and de Villiers, much to the delight of the Bengaluru fans, showed glimpses of his vintage self.AB de Villiers not only hit form with a 38-ball 59 but also made sure he was there till the end as RCB clinched their first points and kept their hopes of making the IPL 2019 playoffs.Emotions were running high when the winning run was hit at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium. Kohli was more relieved than elated. So was head coach Gary Kirsten. AB de Villiers and his batting partner Marcus Stoinis were pumped as well. RCB had been through a lot over the last few weeks but the win in Punjab seems to have given the camp fresh hopes.Following their first win of the season, both Kohli and de Villiers faced the camera and came up with a candid chat for IPLT20.com. From work-life balance to being neighbours in their team hotel back in Bengaluru, the two superstar cricketers came up with a lot of interesting tidbits.AB de Villiers opened the conversation revealing Virat Kohli has been his neighbour in the team hotel. When the former South Africa batsman quizzed his captain about the experience, Kohli had some wonderful things to say.advertisement”It’s been lovely. Being your neighbour this time in the hotel back home, it’s been a lovely experience. The thing we look forward to the most is his [de Villiers’] kids waking up in the morning and knocking our door to say ‘Good morning’ every morning,” Kohli said.He added: “Tonight is special. We know what we have been through in the first six games. We kept discussing how we are going to get the team across the line.”Stability, balance & good wives’ secrets to @imVkohli & @ABdeVilliers17′ successThe celebrated batting duo, the men who share 2 double century stands for @RCBTweets – chat after a welcome win at Mohali! By @tanmoym. #KXIPvRCBWATCH: https://t.co/2Ki9ZdQ8vQ pic.twitter.com/41HVJDuAAdIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 14, 2019It’s always special batting with you: Kohli to de VilliersRCB’s success mantra is simple. When Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers get going, they are more often than not going to end up on the winning side.The Bengaluru team was missing a combined effort from Kohli and de Villiers in their first six matches but the duo got back to business after enjoying a brief five-day break between matches.Notably, Saturday’s win over Kings XI was the 10th time Kohli and de Villiers have scored fifty-plus scores for RCB in the same innings. No prizes for guessing. RCB have won seven of those matches.The 3 men who batted @RCBTweets to their first win – @imVkohli, @ABdeVilliers17 and @MStoinis are ecstatic while taking the #IPLSelfie!#KXIPvRCB #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/7hWqlaSZYIIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 13, 2019Speaking about their ability to combine well on the field, Kohli said both de Villiers and him intimidate opposition teams with their positive body language right from the word go.”Both of us… the way we approach the game initially with our body language and the intensity we bring onto the field… we immediately want to tell our opposition that we want to take you on. Not just by boundaries and sixes, by pure awareness of the game. That’s why we have been able to have so many partnerships together,” Kohli said.”We think alike. We play in a manner which is very understandable to each other. We run hard between the wickets. It’s always special to bat with you. The game awareness which we both have works beautifully.”Also Read | Anushka Sharma keeps me positive, says Virat Kohli after RCB’s 1st winAlso Read | Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma chill with AB de Villiers and family in BengaluruAlso See:last_img read more