Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Dinesh Karthik felt the ‘world-class’ AB de Villiers proved to be the distinction in his workforce’s crushing defeat towards Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Sharjah on Monday.
De Villiers’ unbeaten 33-ball 73 took RCB to a mammoth whole of 194 for 2 after 20 overs.
“AB is a world-class player. He is hard to stop. He was the difference between the two teams,” stated Karthik. “We tried everything. The only ball was the perfect inswinging yorker. Anything else was going.
After the 82-run loss, KKR dropped to fourth after seven matches. Karthik said, “We want to take a seat down. There are some things we have to do higher. Even if we had restricted them to 175, there are some things we have to do higher the batting.
“Let’s be honest. Every captain has a day when things don’t go right. But there are a lot of good days I can remember as well, and I will want to stick on to them.”