Home > News >

AB de Villiers displayed phenomenal batting skills, says VVS Laxman

The Sunrisers Hyderabad think tank were left stunned as AB de Villiers stole the match away from them with a 41-ball 89 © IANS
The Sunrisers Hyderabad think tank were left stunned as AB de Villiers stole the match away from them with a 41-ball 89 © IANS

Bangalore: May 5, 2014

Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman on Monday described their loss against Royals Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as “disappointing” and said it was the “phenomenal” knock by AB de Villiers which took the game away from them during their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 match.

“It was disappointing loss for Hyderabad as the team was dominating most part of the game, but one special innings from one player took the game away from them,” Laxman told reporters. “I think it was one of the best innings I could see in T20 format because AB displayed phenomenal batting skills while wickets were falling at the other end,” he added. De Villiers produced one of the most devastating Twenty20 innings last night as he smashed an unbeaten 89 from just 42 balls in RCB’s dramatic four-wicket win over Hyderabad.

Laxman said Hyderabad were ten runs short as Mitchell Starc bowled a beautiful last over, restricting Hyderabad to 155 runs. “We were ten runs short. Starc bowled a brilliant last over. David Warner was out in the third delivery. I thought 155 was defendable total because of the bowling strength we got,” he added.

Asked if the team led by Shikhar Dhawan had plans for De Villiers, Laxman said: “As a captain you stick to your plan and back your bowlers.” However, for batsmen like Chris Gayle and De Villiers, nobody can set fields for them as they have the ability to hit even good balls, Laxman said.

“Special batsmen like AB and Chris Gayle — even if bowlers are bowling well, they can get boundaries and sixes which we saw yesterday — especially of Dale Steyn. They weren’t bad deliveries — they were excellent shots under pressure,” he said.

Asked about Amit Mishra’s omission, Laxman said his team went with the right combination looking at the opposition strength and playing conditions. “Mishra is a top class bowler but we went into the match considering opposition’s strength and playing conditions. They (RCB) had five powerful left-handers who are good strikers of the ball. That is the reason why we didn’t have Mishy,” he reasoned.

“Young Karn Sharma bowled brilliantly to left-hand batsmen,” Laxman added. Replying to a query, Laxman said he was enjoying his stint as a mentor. “I am really enjoying the mentor’s role where you share your experiences with the cricketers. Being involved in the game and contributing back to the game, which is phenomenal, and I am happy to do that,” he said.

Click here for IPL 2014 Points Table and Team Standings

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule: Match time table for IPL 7

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule & Results

Click here for IPL 2014 complete coverage

India tour of England 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Bristol

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (00:00 IST)   at Basseterre, St Kitts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 26, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Hambantota

India tour of England 2014

Aug 27, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Cardiff

More

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 23, 2014  at Hambantota

Pak won by 4 wkts (D/L method)

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 22, 2014  at St George's, Grenada

West Indies won by 177 runs

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 21, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 20, 2014  at St George's, Grenada

West Indies won by 3 wkts

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 19, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 61 runs

Photos

England Women vs India Women 2014, 1st ODI at Scarborough

Videos

Morgan talks upcoming ODI series and World Cup

Virat Kohli’s knock against Middlesex could be start of his resurgence ahead of ODIs against England

England Women vs India Women Live Cricket Score, 2nd ODI at Scarborough: India lose Mithali Raj

India tour of England 2014: Visitor’s recent record in overseas ODIs a cause for concern

India tour of England 2014: Is county cricket really the answer for Indian batsmen?

India vs England 2014: Ideal opportunity for Sanju Samson and other youngsters to shine

England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 Zimbabwe

Rajasthan could miss out on playing in the upcoming Indian domestic season

Virat Kohli may be the brand ambassador of ISL’s Goa franchise

IS Bindra’s career in cricket administration comes to an end

Charlotte Edwards creates world record of most centuries in Women’s ODIs

Sohaib Maqsood, Fawad Alam take Pakistan to victory against Sri Lanka in thriller

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2014: 1st ODI Highlights

Virat Kohli’s knock against Middlesex could be start of his resurgence ahead of ODIs against England

India vs England 2014: Alastair Cook, MS Dhoni, pigeons and pressures — the demands on cricket captains

When Devon Malcolm made South Africa ‘history’

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014: Younis Khan’s ODI comeback brings hope to Pakistan

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

660 Posts | 6 Fans

Funny Cricket Wonders and Blunders

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 1st ODI at Hambantota

Latest Ebola News: UN pledges to support fight against Ebola in West Africa

Virat Kohli may be the brand ambassador of ISL’s Goa franchise

Priyanka Chopra: My world is incomplete

सौन्दर्य टिप #34: दूध से लायें तैलाक्त त्वचा में निखार

Belgian Grand Prix 2014: Nico Rosberg starts on pole position

Asus Zenfone 4 – A450CG with 4.5-inch display to take on the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, pre-bookings go live on Flipkart at midnight priced at Rs 6,999

Flipkart to launch an Intel-powered Android tablet on August 27

Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut and Parineeti Chopra appear on Aamir Khan’s show!

Shastri Sisters: Vijayendra Kumeria to make an entry in the show!

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here