Even Vivian Richards wouldn’t have attempted AB de Villiers’ shots: Dean Jones

AB de Villiers was ridiculously good the other day, writes Dean Jones in his column in The Times Of India, adding that he can’t remember such ball-striking since Viv Richards wielded his magic wand. “Even Viv wouldn’t have attempted some of those shots. Virat Kohli is still struggling with his form. He should just relax a bit. Muralitharan must continue. His experience and guile can lift the other bowlers,” writes the former Australian batsman about the Royal Challengers Bangalore, stating that it is the bowling that has been hurting Bangalore.

“Their bowling economy rate is 8.6. They are bleeding all over the place. Chris Gayle has been scoring runs but they are not winning as much they should,” writes Dean Jones, adding that Mumbai Indians would be the favourites against RCB at Wankhade.

According to an article in Hindustan Times, even after Royal Challengers dropped the off-colour Vinay Kumar, who they bought for a staggering $1 million at the auction, and skipper Daniel Vettori, yet their bowling failed to impress.

“It has not been a one-off occurrence. Despite the presence of big names, the RCB bowlers have flattered to deceive by conceding over 180 runs in five of their 11 games so far. Also, it isn’t often that a team fails to defend over 200 in a T20 game. RCB managed even that, as they allowed the Super Kings to overhaul 205 in Chennai at the start of the tournament,” says a report in HT.

“Our bowling and fielding are areas we have to keep an eye on. In a tournament like this, it is important that all the departments click,” said Tillakaratne Dilshan.

Meanwhile DNA writes that a remarkable turnaround can do wonders. Citing Mumbai’s example, DNA writes that Mumbai Indians have been blowing hot and cold this season and the close win against Chennai Super Kings may have fuelled their self-belief. “Now, they take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in a high-octane first leg clash. It’s a crucial contest as every side has an eye on the points table. IPL V is nearing its business end. A victory for Mumbai would up their tally to 16 with four games left and help them draw level with Delhi Daredevils, though with one match less in hand.”