Former South Africa speedster Dale Steyn is of the opinion that his compatriot AB de Villiers shouldn’t be Royal Challengers Bangalore’s next captain.
Last week, Virat Kohli announced that he will be stepping down from RCB’s captaincy role at the end of this season just a few days after his decision to give up India’s T20I leadership in November.
I don’t think AB de Villiers is the right way to go: Dale Steyn
AB de Villiers, who is the only other player apart from Kohli to play for the franchise for more than 10 years, is the potential candidate to fill up the captaincy shoes for RCB.
The 37-year-old has lead South Africa at the international level as well, which makes him the ideal choice to take over the reins from Kohli. But Steyn feels that his former teammate should not be the ideal choice because of his age and keeping in mind the number of years left in his playing days.
“I don’t think AB de Villiers is the right way to go. I think he is a phenomenal player. But he is at the end of his career. I think he is a great leader,” Steyn told ESPNcricinfo.
I just have a feeling KL Rahul is going to return back to Bangalore: Dale Steyn
KL Rahul, who is currently leading Punjab Kings in IPL, was part of RCB’s 2016 IPL campaign, where they reached the final and lost to SRH by eight runs. Rahul played 14 matches for RCB in his only season with the Bangalore outfit.
In 2017, Rahul suffered a shoulder injury in the India-Australia Test series that ruled him out of the IPL 2017 and subsequently he was released from the team in the 2018 IPL auctions.
KL Rahul, Virat Kohli. Image Credits: BCCI
Steyn feels that Rahul will return to RCB and lead them in a long run. RCB will face Mumbai Indians on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium.
“If RCB are going to look at a long-term contender as captain, they should be looking within their own borders. The name I’ve got is an ex-Bangalore player. It’s KL Rahul. I just have a feeling he is going to return back to Bangalore in next year’s auction,” Steyn mentioned.