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AB de Villiers Praises Auction Strategy Of RCB Ahead Of IPL 2023
By CricShots - Dec 29, 2022 11:47 am
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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) witnessed a pretty decent outing in the India Premier League 2023 (IPL) auction with seven new additions to their squad during the recent mini-auction on December 23. After finishing the 2022 edition in the third position, RCB managed to retain its core group of cricketers by releasing only five players ahead of the IPL 2023 auction.

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RCB entered the auction with a purse value of INR 8.75 crore and as on the expected lines, they didn’t make much noise during the entire auction. With their preferred playing XI sorted out, RCB made their buys well and added batting all-rounder Will Jacks and English pacer Reece Topley.

Both English signings add a good balance to RCB’s core squad from the last edition. The legendary RCB batter AB de Villiers, during a chat on Jio Cinema, shared his thoughts on RCB’s squad for the upcoming 2023 edition on Wednesday (December 28). He seemed happy with the new signings but added that the top order needs to be fired if RCB wants to change its old story.

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Elaborating the same, AB de Villiers said, “Yeah I like the look of this team that had a good season last year, they came close. There’s a good balance, and good backup, I just need a couple of guys in form. It’s the same old story I think when it comes to that, we need a couple of guys in the top order to fire. There’s a lot of class in that line-up. Josh Hazlewood was the best find. I think he is a quality player, very experienced. That’s exactly what we needed in the last few years.”

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AB de Villiers played another match-winning knock against DC

AB de Villiers also talked about the importance of Glenn Maxwell’s form for the upcoming season and gave an indication that Rajat Patidar will be expected to continue his last season’s form in the upcoming season.

Former RCB batter said, “It’s just a matter of getting Maxi (Glenn Maxwell) in form and then somebody like a Rajat Patidar to make sure he continues with that kind of form and a few guys chipping around him.”

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In the end, AB de Villiers touched upon RCB’s biggest name and his former teammate, Virat Kohli, and said that the former captain’s form will be crucial for RCB to win the title this season.

AB de Villiers concluded saying, “Virat we know, batted well in the World Cup and if he is in form, we are gonna go a long way. So, I’m looking forward to seeing these boys perform. They’ve got a lot of confidence from last year and now it’s just a matter of building on that and taking it all the way.”