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Learnt a lot from Kohli, de Villiers: Shimron Hetmyer after RCB win

After the match, Hetmyer admitted it was a tough season for him as he found it difficult to get used to the environment in the IPL

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

IPL 2019, RCB vs SRH
RCB batsmen Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Mann run between the wickets during the Indian Premier League 2019 (IPL T20) cricket match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Sunrisers Hyderabad at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Photo: PTI

Hard-hitting batsman Shimron played a brilliant innings to help the (RCB) end their campaign on a winning note as they defeated the (SRH) in their last group stage game of the ongoing edition of the (IPL).

Chasing 176 at the here on Saturday, RCB rode on a crucial 144-run partnership between (75 off 47) and (65 off 48) as they won by four wickets and kept the Orange Army's dream of advancing to the playoffs uncertain.

After the match, admitted it was a tough season for him as he found it difficult to get used to the environment in the IPL.

"This time was a little bit tough for me. Getting used to the environment, getting used to the IPL was tough for me, said the West Indian in the post-match presentation.

The 22-year-old played just five matches in this IPL edition and scored 90 runs.

He further said that he learnt a lot from skipper and AB de Villiers during the course of the tournament.

"I just had a word with the team management and they said have some fun. I just tried to clear my mind as much as possible and wanted to execute my plans. The experience of IPL has been fantastic. I have learned a lot from Virat and ABD and even the coaches," he said.

Mann, who shared the crucial fourth-wicket partnership with Hetmyer, said he didn't try to d anything silly while batting with the West Indian.

"When I went in to bat, we were in a good position and had a lot of overs to spare. I was just looking to build a partnership with Hetty (Hetmyer).

"When you have someone like him (Hetmyer), you don't have to do anything silly. I just tried to get my common sense on. We are really happy that we ended on a good note. The crowd has been amazing for us and we want to thank them even though things haven't gone our way. (This innings) means a lot because I haven't been on the field for nearly two years. I just wanted to make my presence felt," he added.

RCB finished their campaign with 11 points, which included five wins and a no-result, in this IPL edition.

First Published: Sun, May 05 2019. 10:22 IST