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Virat Kohli Expects The Return Of AB De Villiers In IPL For RCB
By CricShots - May 16, 2022 9:28 pm
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If there is anyone equally popular as former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper, Virat Kohli among fans, it is none other than Mr. 360 AB De Villiers, and even after his retirement, RCB fans can be often seen expecting the comeback of ABD to IPL. While RCB, may not be really desperate to have ABD’s services with the bat for the team, there is no doubting that the RCB icon is widely missed by one and all. And Virat Kohli is no exception.

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Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers

During a recent chat with RCB’s in-house video show, RCB insider, with popular comedian Danish Sait, Virat Kohli said that he misses ABD as well. Talking about the same, he said, “I miss him a lot, I speak to him quite regularly and he keeps messaging me. He was in the US recently watching golf, Augusta Masters is what I heard it was called so he told me he was there experiencing with his friend and family”.

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ABD had retired from all forms of cricket in November 2021 thus ending his IPL career with RCB. He had announced retirement from international cricket in 2018 but he had been playing for RCB ever since. De Villiers had joined RCB in 2011 and he had amassed 4491 runs from 150 matches for the franchise. Overall, ADB has 5162 runs from 184 matches in the IPL.

Virat Kohli further went on to reveal that ABD may return to RCB in some capacity next year. He added, “So we stay in touch and he is very keenly watching RCB, hopefully [we see him] here next year in some capacity”.

Earlier in March, some unverified reports had claimed that ABD may return as RCB’s mentor ahead of IPL 2022. This was around the time RCB had not even unveiled Faf du Plessis will be leading the franchise and the rumor mills were abuzz with the talks of ABD returning to lead the side as well, which eventually proved false.

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Speaking about ADB’s countrymate and his current skipper at RCB, Du Plessis, Kohli said, “Me and Faf have always kind of gotten along really well even before we started playing together this season because he was the captain of South Africa for a while, Faf is a guy who is very sure of himself and he has full authority on the field, he tells me – sometimes I mention things to him and he says I do not want to do that- which I respect a lot, that obviously makes you gain respect for the person you are playing under. We have had mutual respect for many years, now I have gotten to know him much better now.”