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Retired from international cricket, but will de Villiers play in IPL next year?

AB De Villiers
AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers recently shocked everyone when he announced his retirement from international cricket. He was playing exceptionally well in all 3 formats of the game for South Africa. Hence it came in as a surprise to everyone that he left the game. He was expected to represent his nation in the ODI World Cup 2019. But he bid adieu to Proteas cricket prematurely.

He cited leaving the game while playing decently as the reason. The 34-year-old had mentioned that he would continue playing domestic cricket for Titans. There was a question mark on his participation in the Indian Premier League though. The Indian fans wanted to know whether they would witness Mr.360 gracing their land again or not.

Here comes a good news for the IPL lovers as AB de Villiers will continue playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The news was confirmed by the franchise itself. The South African will continue his association with the franchise for which he started playing in 2011.

“De Villiers will be available for RCB. We have stated our intentions on this matter in the past as well,” RCB Chairman Sanjeev Churiwala was quoted as saying by Times Now.

AB has been an integral part of the RCB side for a long time now. He has been a premier contributor in the middle-order alongside the skipper Virat Kohli. The pair of Kohli and de Villiers is always the one to watch out for when RCB is on the ground.

De Villiers will provide stability to RCB

To some extent, RCB needed de Villiers to play for them next year. In the past 2 seasons, the franchise has failed miserably having finished on the bottom half of the points table. They have been chopping and changing a lot recently as they brought in Gary Kirsten as the head coach who replaced Daniel Vettori. By having the experienced ABD amongst the ranks, there will be some stability in the line-up.

 

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