Champion cricketer AB de Villiers believes that the lack of home advantage for any team in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League [IPL] has balanced out the competition, ensuring that the best team will eventually come out on top.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic situation in the country, the IPL is being played in a cluster-caravan format across six venues- Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and Chennai.
“I think it balances out the tournament. It is the same for every team, no one has home games and it really puts emphasis on adapting to different conditions. Every game you play, conditions will be different. The wickets will get older, you will play a different team on the same ground, it is interesting but it same for everyone,” said AB de Villiers in a video posted by RCB’s Twitter handle.
De Villiers further reckoned that teams’ who have made their home grounds as fortress will be at a disadvantage.
“The teams who have made home grounds as fortress will be at a disadvantage. The best team will come out at the top,” added de Villiers.
‘I would love to win the IPL’- AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers has been a part of the IPL since its inception. He represented Delhi Capitals between 2008-10 before moving to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011.
De Villiers, just like RCB, is yet to win the coveted IPL trophy and while that remains a part of his goal, he doesn’t know how he and his teammates will react if and when that moment arrives.
“You want to win the trophy, I would love to win the IPL, I do not know how we will react if we win the trophy one day. It is getting boring to talk about it, the minute you win the trophy, you look back and realise there are certain things that are more important than winning the trophy. Being part of IPL, it is the greatest tournament in the world. We want to win the trophy and that is part of the goal,” he added.
Taling about his objectives in IPL 2021, the former South African captain said-
“Personally, I want to have a good time with my family. Family is here for the first few weeks and then it is about connecting with some individuals in the team.” AB de Villiers signed off.