IPL: We need to get de Villiers out early, says Quinton de Kock

Bengaluru: Mumbai Indians (MI) opening batsman Quinton de Kock Wednesday said his side will have a good chance to win against Royal Challengers Bangalore Thursday if they get AB de Villiers out early.

“AB being AB, he is a big wicket for them. I think if we get him out pretty early, we stand a good chance of doing well in the game. So, we have spoken about it — about how we’re going to try and get him out and hopefully it comes off,” de Kock told reporters on the eve of the match at Chinnaswamy stadium here.

“Otherwise, we just hope he (de Villiers) makes a mistake,” he added.

Considering his team’s loss to Delhi Capitals in Mumbai, de Kock said it will be a big game for MI against RCB and they need a win to get going. “Any big tournament around the world, everybody wants to get off to a good start. Coming into this game, knowing we haven’t won a game, so it’s a big game for us. We need to get going with a win and hopefully build some momentum, get things rolling for our campaign this year,” he said.

Mumbai Indians lost their first match against Delhi by 37 runs, despite Yuvraj Singh’s brilliant half-century in his debut match for this franchise.

De Kock said going after RCB bowlers, including Umesh Yadav, would be a tough proposition. “I have played against Umesh (Yadav), and a couple of their bowlers. When they are bowling well, they are really hard to get going against. They have got some good bowlers in their team that they rely on so we are just going to go out there and see what happens and hopefully just come out on top,” de Kock said.

He said he’s determined to score heavily in the tournament. “Playing in this tournament, no matter whom we are playing against or whom I’m playing against, you’re always quite determined to score runs whether that’s RCB, Delhi, Sunrisers – whoever. I am always quite determined to contribute towards the team and just get the team over to a winning side. That’s what my goal is and what I will try and do,” he said.