Legendary South African cricketer, AB de Villiers, who announced retirement from all forms of cricket last month, may join the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in a new role for IPL 2022. He played for RCB for a decent amount of time in IPL. Now, Sanjay Bangar, the head coach of RCB has hinted that the former South African cricketer could join the franchise in a different capacity.
Sanjay Bangar, who is among the commentators for the ongoing Test series between India and New Zealand has stated that the players who have recently announced their retirement are showing interest in playing different roles for the franchise. During commentary on the Star Sports channel, Bangar said that if a player like AB de Villiers is given the position of batting coach, then it will be a good thing for cricketers and the franchise.
In the past few seasons of IPL, AB de Villiers has played a crucial role in RCB winning a lot of games under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. During the second Test between India and New Zealand, both Sanjay Bangar and Aakash Chopra were doing commentary together.
Aakash Chopra said that when Team India has a great batter like Rahul Dravid then what is the need for a batting coach for the team. Dravid is currently the head coach of Team India, while Vikram Rathore is performing the role of the batting coach. On this matter, the former batting coach of Team India, Sanjay Bangar said that the head coach has to make bowling and team strategy apart from batting.
Sanjay Bangar explained, “So the head coach doesn’t have much time and the batting coach especially works on the shortcomings of the players in batting. Hence, every team needs a batting coach apart from the head coach.”
If AB de Villiers becomes the batting coach of RCB, he will be seen giving batting tips to Kohli and other cricketers in the squad. However, no official announcement has been made by the RCB management on this yet.