South African star AB de Villiers has expressed his desire to continue his association with wth Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) till he calls time on his career. In comments posted on RCB’s official website, ABD said that he enjoys “the franchise, the vibe, the people” and would want to continue representing the franchise for the rest of his life.
During an Instagram live session with Pommie Mbangwa, De Villiers said, “Obviously, playing for Bangalore for the first three-four years, going into your fifth year, I realized I would love to play here for the rest of my life.”
The South African superstar joined the Bangalore franchise in 2011 and along with skipper Virat Kohli, soon became a fan favorite. Individually and together, the two dominated bowlers but never managed to help the IPL franchise to lift the coveted title even once. However, De Villiers and Kohli’s popularity among RCB fans are untouchable.
De Villiers said that he really enjoys playing for the franchise and has created friendships that he wouldn’t want to leave. He said, “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.”
AB de Villiers and Kohli have been known for their friendship on and off the field and both speak fondly of each other. Recently, the South African batsman had likened the Indian skipper to tennis legend Roger Federer, while comparing Kohli’s on-field rival Steve Smith to Rafael Nadal.
During an interaction with “Sports Hurricane, De Villiers said, “It’s a difficult one, but Virat is definitely the more natural ball-striker, there’s no doubt about that. In tennis terms, I’d say he’s more like a (Roger) Federer whereas Smith is like a (Rafael) Nadal. Smith is mentally very strong and figures out a way of scoring runs – he doesn’t look natural, but he ends up writing records and doing amazing things at the crease.”