"Hottest Weather Conditions": AB de Villiers On Challenge Of Playing IPL 2020 In UAE

“Hottest Weather Conditions”: AB de Villiers On Challenge Of Playing IPL 2020 In UAE

Marcus Stoinis | Shimron Hetmyer | Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2020
Marcus Stoinis with AB de Villiers. (Credits - Twitter)

The IPL 2020 will get underway from September 19 at the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The parent body of the lucrative tournament were force to shift the tournament from India as the Covid-19 situation did not permit them to host the tournament in the sub-continent. AB de Villiers believes that adjusting to the weather in UAE will be a major challenge.

De Villiers, due to the heat in UAE, was reminiscent of the Chennai knock from Virender Sehwag, where he notched up a triple century against South Africa. The RCB stalwart said that he has never experienced such weather conditions in his life and the humidity remains similar even at 10pm at night.

"Hottest Weather Conditions": AB de Villiers On Challenge Of Playing IPL 2020 In UAE
AB de Villiers of Royal Challengers Bangalore takes a catch (Credits: ESPN Cricinfo)

“I am not really used to these kind of conditions to be honest. It’ very hot, it reminds me of a Test match we played in July in Chennai once where Viru (Virender Sehwag) scored 300. It was one the hottest weather conditions I have experience in my life,” he said in a an interview posted on RCB’s twitter handle.

“The humidity is similar to that, even at 10 at night. When I arrived here I checked the weather conditions of a few months and it seems to be getting better. It is definitely going to play a part and you have to make sure you have the energy for the backend of the innings or last 5 overs of your bowling spell.” De Villiers said he would also miss playing in front of packed crowds in India with the event to be played behind closed doors in UAE due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers (Credits: IPL)

IPL 2020 will be played entirely in UAE due to the pandemic situation forcing the cricket board to host the tournament away from India. Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah will be the three venues used for the tournament. Dream 11 have been named as the sponsor for the upcoming season of the tournament after VIVO pulled out.

RCB has the record of reaching three finals. RCB entered the final match last time in 2016 but since then they have been at the bottom of the table. Moreover, in 2019, the franchise  finished last with just 5 wins from 14 matches. The team chairman has also said that though the team is learning, not winning titles adds pressure.