Praising him the former Proteas' batsman said, "The credit needs to go to Virat, he sets the example and leads from the front".
In 154 IPL matches, de Villiers has scored 4,395 runs at an average of 39.95 with a phenomenal strike-rate of 151.24. "I feel better than ever, so I want to help the team by playing well with the players". He leads by example, he sets new standard. "When you have a captain who is always ahead, it is very easy to follow".
"There would not be a drop in the level of cricket, in the 3TC game I faced some of the best bowling in the last three-five years, the boys were landing great yorkers, the guys were so hungry to play cricket, you might just see that level of cricket grows higher now as everyone is working so hard, they are very hungry and they are all very motivated". He said in the video, "It is natural to break, Sometimes you get hurt and you stay out for six or seven months". The former highlighted that he has often had this experience when the team's schedule inadvertently gave a two months break or in case of an injury that keeps one at rest for nearly half a year.
"I still feel that RCB look a little batting-heavy".
"The feeling of uncertainty and doubts, 'Will I be able to reach that level again?' It is normal to have a feeling like that". He was rather hopeful that the players would soon kick back into the groove of things but even reiterated that nothing guarantees performance.
However, the South African superstar is hopeful this year. Though being one of the favourite teams of all, it had failed to qualify for the playoffs in the previous two seasons. "We are excited and we have many back up plans for every spot and have many options as well", he said. It is not like that AB is going to play every game. "And we have options for Virat to play the best XI". "You name it and we have it", he added.
We got the clarity about the IPL taking place about a month ago from RCB and obviously BCCI did some fantastic work to get everything approved.
While the IPL gets underway on September 19, with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings in the tournament opener, RCB will play their first match on September 21 against SunRisers Hyderabad.
"There is a different feel this time, there is back up everywhere looking at our options".
"We are also very happy to be here".