IPL 9: Virat Kohli is a thinker, I'm not, says AB de Villiers

May 26, 2016, 08:30 IST | Satish Viswanathan

Royal Challengers Bangalore star batsman talks about his conversation with Virat Kohli during the Qualifier 1 match; says Indian batsman was very energetic and informative

Bangalore: At times it does seem as if AB de Villiers plays a game of cricket as he would do in golf.

RCB skipper Virat Kohli (right) and AB de Villiers. Pic/AFP
RCB skipper Virat Kohli (right) and AB de Villiers. Pic/AFP

The ball may be on the move in his main sport but for De Villiers it's as if it's as still as the one on the golf course and so he just picks his direction and sends the ball there.

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So how and when does he decide it's time to take risks and tee off on a cricket field, he was asked on Tuesday.

"It's a funny thing. Virat and I actually spoke about it before the game. Through our innings, he was full of energy giving a lot of information out. He was really, really energetic and I told him — 'Virat, you know I'll just go naturally about it.'"

It was almost a brush off but then the tone was anything but. "I don't think too much. He's a thinker, I'm not a big thinker. I try and assess what's going on but don't think too much. I'm never 100 per cent sure.

"It's very easy to say now after crossing the line. But had I got out somewhere in the last three overs, everyone would have said it was bad decision (to play those risky strokes)."

It's all about instinct he added. "It's a fine line but I follow my instincts. I try and watch the ball closely. I've played the game for many years now and I know my talent will take over if I just watch the ball and enjoy myself out there."

He did enjoy himself as did the nearly packed stadium.

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