RCB vs GT: "Comparison with AB de Villiers is scary.."- Will Jacks' weird comments

Updated - 03 May 2024, 02:09 PM

AB de Villiers and Will Jacks
AB de Villiers and Will Jacks (Image Credits: Twitter)

Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) all-rounder Will Jacks recently opened up about the comparisons drawn between him and former South African cricketer AB de Villers. Will Jacks admitted feeling daunted by the comparison but expressed determination to contribute to the team in his own capacity.

Will Jacks scored a magnificent century against the Gujarat Titans (GT) at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on April 28. Jacks reached his maiden IPL hundred off just 41 balls during a 201-run chase. The Bengaluru team successfully chased down a target with four overs to spare in their recent game.

The England batter reached his half-century off 31 deliveries against the Titans. Jacks then changed gears and reached the century mark of the next 10 balls. He scored 100 runs off 41 balls, including five boundaries and 10 sixes. Following his knock, RCB officially appointed Will Jacks as successor to AB de Villiers.

"There’s one man who would be extremely proud watching Will Jacks shine in the Red Blue and Gold of RCB. We’re grateful to have seen AB do this for years, we’re lucky to have Willy J bring back all the memories with his brand of cricket," RCB posted on X (formerly known as Twitter).

 

It Is A Bit Daunting - Will Jacks

During the RCB Insider show, Will Jacks described AB de Villiers as an "RCB legend" and "world legend." The young all-rounder acknowledged the challenge of filling the shoes of the legendary South African batter, admitting that it's a daunting task.

"It is a bit daunting, it is a bit scary. Ab De Villiers is an RCB Legend, He is a World Legend. It is a lot of weight but I will just have to do what I can," said Jacks.

 

AB de Villiers played for Royal Challengers Bengaluru in 157 matches from 2011-2021. He scored 4491 runs at an average of 41.20 and a strike rate of 158.64. He recorded two centuries and 37 fifties, with a best score of 133*. He's honored in the RCB 'Hall of Fame' alongside Chris Gayle and Vinay Kumar.

Will Jacks made his IPL debut for the RCB team against the Mumbai Indians. The right-handed batter has scored 176 runs in five matches at an average of 44.00 and a strike rate of 191.3. He achieved a century and fifty, with his best score being 100*. He has also secured two wickets with his part-time spin bowling.

Thought Of Kicking Glenn Maxwell Out - Will Jacks

Will Jacks revealed that he was excited after being picked by RCB in 2022, despite being unable to play due to an injury in the last season. Jacks jokingly stated that he wanted to kick Glenn Maxwell out of the buggy while driving.

"I was at home and I was picked. It was amazing, but I got injured. Could not play last season. RCB fans are ridiculous. I was happy to get rid of him, now that he is back I am under pressure. I was driving the buggy. Thought of kicking him out," Jacks added.

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