Mandeep thanks AB for batting advice

Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Mandeep Singh has given credit to batting partner AB de Villiers, both for their partnership in the match against Rajasthan, but also for helping his game in general.

The pair combined in the Eliminator match to put on a century stand and see RCB to a defendable 180 for four. Mandeep made 54 not out, while De Villiers recorded 66. The Royals were all out for 109.

Mandeep told about AB's influence: "I have learnt a lot from him already and whatever he has taught me, I have straightaway incorporated those things in my game.

"Initially when I was playing my shots, the completion of the shot would end with my head leaning towards the off-stump. I asked him for suggestions to improve that aspect.

"I initially used to think that the arms go wider while playing your shots and that's the reason your head tends to fall. He cleared that cloud around me and asked me to have my head still around the middle stump after the completion of a shot.

"I think even modern-day cricketers consider him their idol. It is like a dream come true to be playing with him."  

De Villiers, who was man of the match, said he was pleased to be able to help young batsmen like Mandeep, saying: "What would life be without having a good influence on other people? That is what it is all about.

"I am trying to have a positive impact on some young players in the team and if Mandeep says I have, it makes me a very happy man."

He added of his knock, which started off slowly: "A lot of credit should go to Mandeep. To be honest, I didn't play very well.

"It was not as fluent a knock as I wanted it to be but I guess it all comes with experience. I struggled in the first few overs but I fought through and I was lucky to be there in the end to express myself."