Tough When You’re Losing a Few Games: McCullum on RCB’s Poor Form

“We definitely missed AB de Villiers”, said Brendon McCullum after Royal Challengers Bangalore’s loss to KKR.

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Brendon McCullum said it was a big blow for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to miss the services of AB de Villiers after the franchise lost a crucial match to Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday, 29 April.

Chasing a sub-par target of 176, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) won the game in 19.1 overs with Chris Lynn scoring an unbeaten 62 off 52 balls with seven fours and a six.

"We definitely missed AB de Villiers. He is probably the best player in the world and one of the best we have seen in the history of the game, so for him to be absent was a huge blow for us.

"He is a tough customer as well, so obviously he is pretty ill to not take the field today", McCullum told reporters in the post-match press conference.

He said he hoped that De villiers returns in the next match against Mumbai Indians after recovering from a viral infection. "He is desperate to get out there, so hopefully he will be back in the next game. He is such a key player for us, and such a good leader. A good man to have around", he added.

Asked whether KKR were happy not to find de Villiers in the playing list, man-of-the-match Chris Lynn said: "Yeah, it is obviously a couple of smiles on the bowler's faces.

"We know AB, in the form he is, is always a dangerous batsman but we could not take the foot off the throat because Baz (Brendon McCullum) is such a good striker of the ball. [We had] a little half-smile but we knew we still had a job at hand", Lynn said.

If RCB lose their next match, they would put themselves in a precarious situation of winning all remaining games, out of which four are away games.

"It's tough when you're losing a few games, and not getting the results you want, but you just have to be strong in your own group's mind on what you're trying to achieve", said McCullum. "Some people may doubt you, none of that matters, you just have to believe amongst your group that you have the ability to be standing there at the end of the competition with a trophy in your hand.

"We're going to go on the road soon, and it'll be nice to get a win before we get on the road. We're going to have to do it tough, and that's our fault because we didn't get the results earlier."

(With inputs from PTI)

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