Ahead of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), Royal Challengers Bangalore star AB de Villiers has named his teammate who reminds him of his early days in the game. The former South Africa skipper is one of the modern-day greats and is undoubtedly one of the most destructive batsmen in the history of the game.
He has proved himself in all the formats of the game and has scored runs across the world. His performance in IPL is equally impressive. The legendary batsman has been RCB’s batting mainstay since he joined the franchise in 2011. And if his recent comments are to believed, then RCB are all set to get yet another batsman who has immense potential.
In a recent interview with RCB, AB de Villiers named the batsman who has a lot of similarities with him. He said that he sees a lot of himself in young Australian batsman Josh Philippe.
“We are going to have some world-beaters in this edition, we will have Finch, Moeen Ali, Adam Zampa and Josh Philippe. I am looking forward to connecting with Josh, I see a lot of similarities between the way he plays when I was younger,” said AB de Villiers.
“The four guys joining us will add to what we have created here and that is a very special team environment. I am excited about Josh, I watched him play for the Sydney Sixers, he takes the new ball on, he is a very talented player, I have heard Gilchrist say really some good things about him,” he added.
Phillipe is one of the highly-rated youngsters in Australia at present. The 23-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman is yet to play international cricket but has already showed glimpses of his potential in the Big Bash League.
Earlier this year, he starred in the final to help Sydney Sixers win the BBL. Philippe hit 52 off 29 balls in a game that was reduced to 12 overs per side. He scored 487 runs at an average of more than 37 and at a strike-rate of almost 130.