Former South African and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) player AB de Villiers has stated that his relationship with Virat Kohli developed naturally. He also confessed that he is not good at keeping in touch with friends, but with Kohli the situation is different.
The veteran and Kohli were the key players of RCB’s batting unit for nearly a decade in the IPL. The partnership eventually saw an end after the former announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in November last year. On the RCB podcast, he opened up about his relationship with Kohli.
He said: “It’s weird. I am not the kind of guy who likes keeping in touch. But, for some reason, with Virat it just happened naturally. We stay in touch even though we only see each other for a couple of months in a year. From a very young age, I have been bad with staying in touch with friends. I just stay in my little bubble. I like things to happen naturally. I hate a forced relationship but with Virat it’s not like that.”
AB de Villiers has ended his IPL career with a whopping 5162 runs in 184 matches which came at an average of 39.70 and a strike rate of 151.68. He has three centuries and 40 fifties to his name in the T20 league.
“We ran into each other a few times before we properly met. I always thought he was a bit cocky when he was younger. That was my initial impression even though I could see he has got respect. I felt like has got a bit of a swagger going. I didn’t hold it against him. You need that at that age. You need to have a bit more belief than the normal guy. Otherwise, you’ll drown in the deep end as a youngster,” AB de Villiers concluded.