IPL 2019: Kohli fined for slow over-rate

IPL 2019: Kohli fined for slow over-rate

De Villiers made an unbeaten 59 against Kings XI Punjab, his third fifty in seven games this season.

This may come as a surprise as de Villiers does not seem to have lost a step. I've got too much respect for the game to get upset about that (his indifferent form). "Obviously I want to be there at the end every time, winning games for the team". So many opportunities to get dot balls. He believes that he respects the game too much to be anxious about him getting out. "It needs one knock to get back in that confidence zone, and hopefully I can maintain that now". In total, Steyn has played in nine editions of the IPL. These appearances add up to 28 innings, eight of which have featured single-digit scores.

Now playing in the IPL, De Villiers' side had a horrid start to the 2019 campaign. (Not playing worldwide cricket) That's exactly the reason I have decided not to play global cricket, because I want to be sharp for other tournaments. I can not keep playing 10-11 months a year and keep being sharp after 15 years of worldwide cricket. This kind of tournament, I'm playing every now and then, every 2-3 months. [It] really keeps me energetic, ' he said. I get to work with university guys back home.

De Villiers had retired from worldwide cricket past year to prolong his career in T20 cricket.

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According to De Villiers, his motivation to perform is back home.

Just a day ago, there were widespread talks and speculations that Dale Steyn would soon be a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore after the pacer flaunted his passport on Instagram. We knew Chris was going to bat deep. One thing is for sure, you'll get 200 per cent from him.

RCB will next face Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 15.

'We love playing cricket there. "We knew if we bowled decently to him, we might restrict them".

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