Royal Challengers Bangalore superstar batsman, AB de Villiers is gearing up for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday announced the schedule of the IPL 2021 – the 14th edition of the tournament will commence on 9th April with a mega-clash between defending champions, Mumbai Indians and the galactico-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai.
All games are slated for neutral venues, and the initial part of the tournament will be played behind closed doors.
Players have started flowing in and preparatory camps have begun. Former South African skipper, Ab de Villiers has also initiated his practice in the nets and has broken some expensive stuff as well.
Watch: AB de Villiers hits an iPhone with a beautiful straight drive
The right-hander posted a video on Instagram where he is training with Bennie Bester and Kruger van Wyk in Pretoria ahead of his leaving for India. Ab de Villiers had kept an iPhone below the bowling machine while he bats.
A full-length delivery is hurled towards the maestro batsman; AB strikes back, with a gorgeous straight drive making a thudding on impact, as the ball crashed back to the phone placed!
“Iphone out! @iplt20 prep with Cricket guru @bennie.bester.10 and @krugervanwyk . Thanks manne,” AB de Villiers captioned the post.
How ominous these are the signs for the bowlers, we will find out soon in the IPL. However, AB just like Virat Kohli, and RCB fans would want to end their title drought sooner after finishing fourth last year.
The 37-year-old was in thunderous form in the IPL, despite not playing international cricket, he has kept up with his elite batting and fitness standards. AB smashed 454 runs last season at an average of 45.40 and a strike rate of 158.74; he was invariably tasked with bailing the team out of difficult situations.
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