Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers said that he is eager to play in the practice match and catch up with some of his teammates who are yet to arrive in UAE.
De Villiers, who arrived in UAE last week, has already been training with the team to prepare for the second phase of IPL 2021.
I need to stay fresh as much as I can: AB de Villiers
The former South Africa captain intends to stay fresh and also noted how the weather conditions in UAE will keep him and his teammates fit.
“It was very good. The wicket was a bit sticky so it was quite tough actually. Bowlers bowled very well and it’s humid here, we are gonna sweat a lot which is good for losing a bit of weight but for an old man like me, I need to stay fresh as much as I can,” de Villiers said in a video posted by RCB on its social media platforms.
“It was a great session and was nice to see everyone out there. All the guys are looking very eager to get going. I am looking forward to tomorrow’s warm-up game,” he added.
RCB are had a good run in the first phase of IPL 2021, where they won their first five games before losing the last two against CSK and Punjab Kings. De Villiers was an integral part of their middle order, where he combined with Australia’s Glenn Maxwell to provide the team with some quickfire runs.
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Mr 360 said that he missed the guys and heard the stories of the players he met in the camp.
“Absolutely, I have missed the guys. I have caught up with a couple of individuals and I will get to meet up with the older guys over the next few days. I have covered a couple of guys tonight and it’s nice to hear all the stories and what they got up to in the last couple of months.’There’s some interesting stuff that has happened and, it’s great to be together as a team again,” de Villiers mentioned.
I have got quite a few trigger points which have served me throughout my career: AB de Villiers
Since his international retirement in 2018, AB hasn’t been playing enough cricket around the globe but has a special commitment to IPL and RCB. The South African batsman will be playing competitive cricket after a span of four and a half months and he aims to make amendments to his technical stuff.
“Obviously as players, you try to figure a little things about your technique, the little movements you do. I have got quite a few trigger points which have served me throughout my career. So, I try and get through the memory bank of little things I used to do,” de Villiers said.
“I have always chopped and changed my technique as I have moved on and this is no different. This is the first time in a few months that I will be playing competitive cricket again. So, I am trying to find the comfort zone of movement at the crease, where my head position should be a’ and that’s what I think of when I do shadow batting,” he added.
De Villiers scored 207 runs from six innings at the strike rate of 164.29 and has also hit a couple of half-centuries for RCB in IPL 2021 so far.