Former South Africa and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batter AB de Villiers has predicted a bumper outing for India’s Virat Kohli in the ongoing IPL 2022 season and even said that he expects him to make over 600 runs for the red army.
Virat Kohli has been making runs for the RCB for the past three Indian Premier League seasons, making 464 in IPL 2019, 466 in IPL 2020, and 405 in IPL 2021, the last season he captained the red army. Kohli is the record holder for the most runs in one Indian Premier League season when he amassed 973 runs in IPL 2016 with four centuries and 7 half-centuries in 16 matches with a best of 113 at a strike rate of 152.03.
“I Am Expecting A Very Big Season From Virat Kohli”- AB De Villiers
The RCB franchise this year – like all other franchises – saw a revamp in the squad, thanks to the mega auction preceding IPL 2022. However, one of the players that remains absent from the tournament is former South Africa star AB de Villiers.
De Villiers announced his retirement from the game after the IPL 2021 season. RCB had retained Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj. They then went hard for Faf du Plessis in the IPL 2022 mega auction and bought him for INR 7 crores, naming him their captain for the season in a glittering ceremony in Bengaluru.
The former RCB player has continued to support the RCB army and made a big prediction about his former teammate and good friend Virat Kohli.
“Everyone knows about Faf du Plessis coming in as captain. I think the most exciting thing for me is Virat not being captain and releasing a bit of the pressure, really just going out there and freeing up. I am expecting a very big season from Virat. I am thinking 600+ runs from him this year,” said AB de Villiers on YouTube channel ‘VUSport Streaming’.
The former South African batter also mentioned that he expects some RCB individuals – majorly youngsters – to emerge in the upcoming edition.
“He (Kohli) will be in Faf’s ear, but Faf is also very experienced as well. He has got a good cricketing training on him and he would allow Virat and some of the youngsters to just go and free up, and just enjoy the IPL. I don’t know what to expect (from RCB) but I expect some individuals to really rise in this IPL from the RCB setup,” said de Villiers.
RCB lost their first game to PBKS, but will face KKR on March 30.