Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are out contention for a place in the play-offs in the Indian Premier League (IPL), and AB de Villiers, one of their key batsmen admits the team has performed well below par.
RCB have only two wins in 11 matches thus far. On the team's dismal show, he told NDTV, "I don't want to make any excuses. We've just not played well enough. I think there are some valuable lessons we have learnt throughout the season. I think we have let ourselves down a little bit in the last few games by not competing as well as we would have wanted to.
"We have a few more games left and hopefully will finish the season with dignity," De Villiers went on to add.
Despite RCB's struggles, de Villiers was all praise for Kohli. "Virat has dealt well with our losses. He had a great future ahead as captain... it takes character to deal with defeat," De Villiers said.
On his association with IPL, de Villiers stated, "I started my IPL career at the Delhi Daredevils for the first three years, which was a very good experience and then moved to Royal Challengers Bangalore and this is my seventh season with them now. I could not have asked for a better franchise to play IPL for. They are a very professional unit."
De Villiers also hoped India would make it to the Champions Trophy. "The ICC would want India to play the Champions Trophy." he said. "India won it last time in England and they will be ready for a strong campaign around this year as well."
--By A Cricket Correspondent