The fortunes of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) have remained unchanged since the inaugural season edition of the tournament in 2008. Despite the franchise consistently fielding a strong team over the years, they have been unable to win the coveted trophy in the last 15 years in the top-tier league.
South Africa legend and former player of RCB, AB de Villiers has opined that the Bangalore-based franchise is not far away from bagging their maiden IPL title and once they win one, they might end up bagging consecutive titles on the trot.
During a recent chat on Star Sports, AB de Villiers said, “It’s been how many seasons now? Quite a few, 14 or 15 or whatever. So, they would love to break the shackles. I think if RCB wins this one then, they’ll probably win two, three, four quickly but let’s wait and see what happens, T20 cricket is a bit of a gamble sometimes, anything can happen. Especially knockout games, but hopefully RCB’s turn is around the corner.”
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) November 17, 2022
AB de Villiers represented RCB for 11 seasons since his debut for RCB on April 9, 2011, against Kochi Tuskers Kerala. Former South Africa batting megastar is all set to embark on a new journey with the franchise as he is slated to take a different role within the Bangalore-based franchise.
De Villiers recently visited Bengaluru to discuss his new role with the side and confirmed that he will be present at the venue alongside former RCB teammate and explosive Caribbean batter Chris Gayle for the first home game of the forthcoming season. As per reports, de Villiers might mentor the Faf du Plessis-led side ahead of the IPL 2023 and play a vital role in the planning and ideating for the mini-auction in December.