Virat Kohli AB De Villiers
Virat Kohli AB De Villiers (Credits: Instagram)

Former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) player AB de Villiers backed England player Will Jacks to play a crucial role for the team in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. He said the batter is a complete package and can win games in Chinnaswamy stadium.

England batter Will Jacks has been making rounds in the ongoing SA20 league. Playing for Pretoria Capitals (PC), the right-hander slammed a brutal century against Durban Super Giants (DSG) and sent a strong message to many with his heroics.

Will Jacks played a stellar innings of 101 runs off 42 deliveries and helped his team win the game by 17 runs. The batter has been terrific form in the ongoing SA20. He has scored 164 runs at an extraordinary strike rate of 205 in just three games.

The batter will also be part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The batter didn’t play last year. But with the kind of form he has shown, it will be really hard for the team to make him sit out. The batter has impressed many with his stroke play and power-hitting. His ability with the bat has been one of the main reason behind Pretoria Capitals having a good run in the tournament so far.

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AB de Villiers said that talent like Jacks sitting out for Royal Challengers Bangalore is a crazy thing. He expressed the fans’ excitement of seeing the batter play. Speaking in a video posted on his YouTube channel, he explained:

“He (Jacks) has not played a game for RCB. That’s crazy for all the talent that he has got. Seems like the people of Bengaluru and RCBians are excited for this man to perform for RCB. That’s a big question (will Jacks play for RCB).”

I hope they (RCB) make a spot for him – AB de Villiers on Will Jacks

AB de Villiers further highlighted the big scoring ability of Jacks and he believes that making him sit out will be a big nightmare for selectors.

AB de Villiers further hoped that RCB should make a sport for him as he is a complete package and can win games for the team anywhere. He elaborated:

“We know he can score big runs. It is a nightmare for the selectors. I hope they (RCB) make a spot for him. He is a complete package and can win games at Chinnaswamy or anywhere else he goes for RCB.”

Will Jacks has played 11 T20Is for England and has been impressive as well. The batter has slammed 181 runs at a strike of around 150. Royal Challengers Bangalore would be hoping to make most of his form and talent and make way for him in the XI.

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With the likes of Faf du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Reece Topley and others in then league, it will be a tough challenge for team to make place for Will Jacks. But if they don’t play him, it might also backfire beacause the batter has been in the red hot form in T20s. The Indian Premier League 2024 is expected to start from March 22.

Ankitjit is an author at Cricketaddictor. He has been working with the organization since April 2023 and he has written more than 2000 articles for the website.