AB de Villiers Reveals Whether He Would Play In Indian Premier League Or Not

Published - 09 Jul 2018, 10:58 PM | Updated - 03 Jan 2020, 07:26 PM

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Former South Africa skipper AB de Villiers has confirmed he would continue playing in the Indian Premier League for ‘a few years’.

In May this year, de Villiers had shocked the cricketing world by announcing his retirement from all forms of the game with immediate effect. The announcement had come on the back of his stint with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2018 Indian Premier League. Not surprisingly, there were speculations that de Villiers might not play in IPL too.

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But in a much-needed boost for the IPL and the fans, the South African has confirmed he would continue plying his trade in India.

“I will keep on playing IPL for a few years, and I would like to play for the Titans, and help some of the youngsters. But there are no set plans. I haven’t been able to say that for a long time,” he told IOL.

“There are some offers on the table from around the world, but it will be nice to wake up and wonder what to do; to be normal,” he added.

Along with Virat Kohli, de Villiers has been Royal Challengers Bangalore’s batting mainstay since making his debut for the team in 2011. Over the years, he has formed a formidable partnership with Kohli. The duo were instrumental in the team’s march to the final in 2016.

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In that season, the Royal Challengers were in a precarious position before Kohli and de Villiers took charge. While Kohli smashed a whopping 973 runs including four hundreds, de Villiers scored 687 runs.

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De Villiers proved his worth this year too. He tried heroically but could not help the side reach the play-offs. He scored 480 runs including six half-centuries from 12 matches. Overall, de Villiers scored 3282 runs in eight seasons for Royal Challengers. In eight seasons, he smashed two hundreds and 25 half-centuries

De Villiers, meanwhile, further said Bangalore as well as India hold a special place in his life.

“Bangalore is a special place, a second home, really. I played my 100th Test there, and obviously RCB is a massive part of my life. India as a country has taken me in, and it’s hard to explain what that feels like. I just play cricket,” he said.


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