Former South African keeper-batsman AB de Villiers is still destructive than most non-retired players. While AB de Villiers retired from international cricket in May 2018, he sparkles and thwarts the bowling line-ups in franchise cricket. The right-handed batsman is one of the most popular cricketers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and hopes to keep playing in it a few more years.
AB de Villiers made his IPL debut with the Delhi Daredevils in 2008 and moved to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011. Even though the 37-year old is yet to win an edition with the franchise, De Villiers forged a fearsome batting partnership with Virat Kohli and scripted several memorable victories. Their stand of 229 is also the highest ever for any wicket in IPL.
Overall, AB de Villiers is the sixth-highest run-getter in IPL history, accumulating 5056 runs in 176 games at a healthy average of 40.77 and striking at 152.38. The veteran also has three centuries and aggregated 207 runs in seven matches in IPL 2021. De Villiers averages a daunting 51.75 in IPL 2021 and will hope that his performance in the UAE elevates enough to give RCB its maiden title.
I can’t explain to you, it is very difficult to put it into words: AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers revealed it’s difficult to put the experience of playing in the IPL into words, especially breaking some records in front of massive crowds. The Pretoria-born cricketer said he underwent those moments a handful of times in the IPL and for the national team. De Villiers hopes to go on for a few more years and help his respective teams win matches.
“I can’t explain to you, it is very difficult to put it into words. All I can say is it’s a dream come true, playing at the IPL, having broken a world record or two, playing in front of the crowds and then realising my teammates are also in awe…I’ve had the privilege of experiencing those moments once or twice, may be three or four times at the IPL, for South Africa. As I said, it has exceeded all expectations and hopefully, there are a few more years ahead of me,” De Villiers stated in an interview.