AB de Villiers, the former South Africa cricketer and RCB’s champion player, is one of the most devastating batsman when in his zone. Famously known as Mr. 360°, AB de Villiers owns a number of records in international and franchise cricket.
The South-African is one of the most loved foreign cricketers in India and all of this is attributed to his calm demeanour along with powerful performances in Indian Premier League.
After spending his first three seasons with Delhi Daredevils, AB de Villiers was snapped up by RCB in 2011. In no time, AB de Villiers along with Virat Kohli became the pillars of RCB’s batting line-up. Since then, de Villiers has been a part of many great wins for the franchise.
In a recent interview with Zimbabwean commentator ‘Pommie’ Mbangwa recently, de Villiers opened up on his special bond with franchise and captain Virat Kohli. Answering a fan’s question, AB de Villiers also praised Chennai Super Kings for all the competition they bring to the table. When asked about representing CSK in future, the South African replied that the IPL auctioning system doesn’t provide him that option.
‘Because of the auction system in the IPL, I’ve never had a choice. I played with Delhi Daredevils for the first 3-seasons, and then they released me. Bangalore picked me up immediately after that. So I didn’t really have any control, at least as far as the team-selection questions go,” de Villiers told Mbangwa over on their Instagram live-chat.
AB De Villiers also wished to keep representing RCB till the end of his career as the friendship bonds are not the things to leave. “Obviously, playing for Bangalore for so many years; I think this is going to be my tenth year with them. But even way back in 2015, going into my fifth year, I realised I would love to play here for the rest of my life. I really enjoy the franchise, the vibe, the people. You create friendships you don’t want to leave. Then I started feeling that I actually want to play for RCB.
“Unfortunately, I don’t think the CSK thing is going to happen. It’s good to play against them, though; we really enjoy the competition,” he concluded.
The legend also shares a great camaraderie with Royal Challengers Bangalore’s captain Virat Kohli. The duo has tormented even the best bowling attacks with ease and steadily become backbone of team’s batting line-up.