South African superstar AB de Villiers recently suffered a back injury that ruled him out of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The Indian Premier League is just around the corner and there are dark clouds over his fitness. The franchise as well the fans of Royal Challengers Bangalore would want AB to be a regular feature of the side.
Having retired from international cricket last year, de Villiers will be available for the entire season for RCB. But there is uncertainty over his availability for the beginning of the league. IPL is just about 2 weeks away from now. Royal Challengers will take on the defending champions Chennai Super Kings on March 23 in Chennai which will be the first game of the season.
The latest update on the injury of de Villiers is that he will be resting for a couple of weeks. “I saw my doctor who has advised complete rest for two weeks,” AB de Villiers was quoted as saying by the Indian Express. After the 2 weeks period is over, he might assess his fitness and make a call on his availability.
However, the Virat Kohli-led side would dearly want him to be fit and available for the entire season. The Bengaluru-based franchise had a tough time in the last edition of the league. They had failed to qualify for the playoffs as they had finished 6th on the points table.
Contrary to the team’s performance, de Villiers had a decent run. From 11 innings, the right-hander had scored 480 runs at an average of 53.33 and a strike rate of 174.55. He was the second highest run-getter for his side behind Kohli. RCB would be hoping for similar returns this year as well.