Royal Challengers Bangalore have won just 3 games out of the 10 they have played in the 11th edition of Indian Premier League.
Cricket news: We know that we have let our fans down, says AB de Villiers
Although they are still in the race for playoffs mathematically, but that depends on them winning all their remaining four matches, which means basically they are already out of the race.
RCB are going to face Delhi Daredevils, whose conditions are same as of RCB, at Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday next.
In the previous leg at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB were in total dominance of the match, thanks to AB de Villiers’ 90 off 39 balls.
The South African veteran still believes that a hurt RCB has still got the ability to surprise everyone.
He wrote in a column for The Times of India on Saturday, “There is an old saying: beware the ill golfer. Be wary of the golfer who arrives at the course saying he isn’t feeling well and doesn’t expect to play well, because he will play without pressure and without trace of any fear of failure … and, more often than not, he will relax and perform extremely well.”
Although RCB has a very strong squad which is led by current Indian skipper Virat Kohli, yet they had failed to live up to the expectations, and had somehow managed to end up on the losing side during close matches.
De Villiers have admitted that the entire campaign has been a let-down. “It might be said that RCB is currently the ill golfer of the IPL. We have assembled a strong squad and we have played well at times and yet, in crucial moments, usually in the closing overs with both bat and ball, we have let ourselves down badly, won only three matches out of 10 and now find ourselves on the brink of elimination,” he wrote.
The 34-year-old still remains hopeful and wants to gather all the energy and give it a final push and give their best.
“And yet, and yet … we’re not dead yet. There is no doubt that we need to win all four of our four remaining league matches — against DD at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday, against KXIP in Indore on Monday, then at home to SRH on Thursday and, finally, against RR at Jaipur on Saturday 19 May. We know we have let people down, yet we know we retain a chance of sneaking into the knockout phase, and we still believe we can beat anyone,” he concluded.