Legendary South Africa National Cricket Team and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batter, AB de Villiers, has said that he will go to the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium during IPL 2023, but not to play cricket.
Legendary batter AB de Villiers played for Royal Challengers Bangalore from 2011 to 2021 before retiring from all formats of the game. He is the second-highest run-getter for the RCB in the history of the Indian Premier League.
AB de Villiers smashed 4522 runs for RCB in 157 games at an average of 41.10 and strike rate of 158.33, including 2 terrific centuries and 37 fifties.
Earlier, this year the legendary South African batter AB de Villiers was inducted into the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Hall of Fame alongside legendary West Indies batter Chris Gayle.
During an interaction with fans on social media on Monday, October 3, De Villiers said that he will visit Bengaluru to thank the fans for the support he had received over the years while playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He also revealed that he can’t play cricket anymore because he recently underwent eye surgery.
“I will go to Chinnaswamy Stadium next year. But not for playing cricket. I am going to apologize to the RCB fans for not winning the IPL title so far. I also want to thank them for their support over the past decade. I can’t play cricket anymore. Because I had surgery on my right eye,” de Villiers said, adding he is planning to start a YouTube channel and that Virat Kohli would be one of the first guests on his show.
I am too old now – AB de Villiers
The 38-year-old further said that he rejected the offer to play in the Legends League because of his eye surgery.
“I am too old now. Legends League seems to be a lot of fun. I was invited, but I had an eye operation. I know you might think that I can play with one eye but I would rather not do that,” de Villiers said.
He also said that he has no plans to take up coaching roles any time soon.
“I am definitely not planning to coach a team. I absolutely love to share everything that I have learnt, that will come. But I am not going to be joining a team, coaching and travelling the world again. I am very happy to spend a bit of time at home after travelling for 18 years,” he added.