AB de Villiers will return to action for the IPL 2021 season and will play his 11th season for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The former South African batsman is widely known for his improvisation and his out of the box thinking when he is out there in the middle. He joined the RCB Camp on April 1, and completed his seven-day mandatory quarantine on April 7.
De Villiers was a part of the training session on Wednesday and is all set to play the tournament opener against Mumbai Indians on April 9 in Chennai. The right-handed batsman stated that he was fit and raring to go. He also added that he was hitting the ball well, although not quite at his 100%.
“I had a nice few training sessions, a lot of fitness, a lot of gym work. I feel ready and I am as young as ever so looking forward to it. We have spent a lot of time in the room in the last week and before that, we were travelling. It was quite intense coming out. I hit the floor running and gave it my absolute best,” the South African said.
“Had a lot of fun out here tonight and I was hitting the ball okay. Not 100% so I will come back tomorrow for a bit more,” AB de Villiers said on RCB’s Bold Diaries.
“Yeah, I have quite a few sessions for the last six weeks. Quite a few outdoors and indoors. I mixed it up nicely. When I wanted to work on shots I would go indoors and if I wanted to have a feel for the outdoors with the nibbling around a bit I would spend an hour or so in the outdoors,” AB de Villiers added.
The South African has scored 4,849 runs in his 169 IPL matches so far, at an average of 40.40. Last season, he scored 454 runs at an average of 45.40 and was one of the standout batsman for his side. Alongside Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers has been a vital part of the RCB squad over the course of the past few seasons. His ability to finish the innings with a late flurry of runs and chase down huge totals are almost unmatched.