Former Royal Challengers Bangalore cricketer AB de Villiers has been a mainstay batter for the IPL franchise until he hung his boots in 2021. Widely regarded as one of the most prolific batters ever played the game, De Villiers had been part of the tournament every season since its inception in 2008.
The South African star retired as the sixth highest run-getter in the tournament and one of the two overseas players to scale the mountain of 5000 runs. Former Proteas captain was bought by Delhi Daredevils in 2008 for USD $300,000, but the legendary batter hogged the limelight in the following year when he hit the only century of the season with an unbeaten 105 against Chennai Super Kings.
However, Royal Challengers Bangalore roped in AB de Villiers next year and the rest is history. The top-order batter forged the batting core of the side with two other explosive batters, Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli. With his incredible dedication and commitment to the franchise and many memorable knocks, De Villiers earned an enormous fan following in India, specifically Bangalore, the team he represented in the cash-rich league.
ABD is no less than a local boy in Bangalore and enjoys a massive fan following in the city. While De Villiers was a major miss in this year's IPL, he has recently claimed that he will be part of the RCB camp next year in any capacity.
"I have heard that we have few games in Bangalore next year. I would love to return to my second hometown. I’ll be definitely around the IPL next year in whatever capacity," told De Villiers to VU Sports YouTube channel.
The 38-year-old has revealed that he is missing RCB's dressing room and eagerly waiting to be part of the RCB camp next year.
Speaking of Royal Challengers Bangalore, Faf Du Plessis-led side did decent in the 15th season of the Indian Premier League as they finished fourth on the points table before being outplayed by the Rajasthan Royals in the Qualifier 2 in Ahmedabad.