AB de Villiers, a South African icon, has reaffirmed his intention of returning to the Indian Premier League next year. De Villiers is not playing in the IPL for the first time since its start in 2008.
After last year’s IPL, the former South Africa captain announced his departure from all formats of cricket.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is one of three former Indian Premier League (IPL) teams that has yet to win the championship. Meanwhile, it has had a mixed start to IPL 2022, even though it is missing icon AB de Villiers, who announced his departure from professional cricket last year.
He began his IPL career with the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals), where he spent three seasons.
Royal Challengers Bangalore recruited de Villiers in 2011, and he went on to become one of the best players for the Bengaluru-based club. He spent 11 seasons with the RCB.
During his amazing career with RCB, de Villiers appeared in 156 IPL matches and amassed an astounding 4,491 runs, including two hundred and 37 fifties. He was inducted into the RCB Hall of Fame recently.
‘I will join the IPL next year’: AB de Villiers
De Villiers’ announcement comes only days after Virat Kohli, his former RCB colleague, announced that the Proteas icon would come back to the IPL next year.
“I’m delighted Virat has verified that.” To be realistic, we have not yet made up our minds. I will undoubtedly attend the IPL next year. I’m not certain what position I’ll be serving in, but I’m looking forward to returning,” de Villiers told VUSport.
“I heard a small bird tweeting about some sports in Bangalore.” So I’d like to go back to my second homeland, Chinnaswamy, and see a game in front of a packed house. He went on to say, “I would love to return, and I am looking forward to it.”
De Villiers finished his IPL career at RCB, where he was magnificent. In 156 games, he scored 4,491 runs at an average of 41.20. He scored 5,162 IPL runs in 170 innings, averaging 39.71 and a strike rate of 151.69, with three centuries and 40 half-centuries, and his highest score was 133.