AB de Villiers disappointed to miss IPL season opener
Shane Watson will be leading the RCB team in absence of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
Published - Apr 4, 2017 12:25 pm | Updated - Apr 4, 2017 12:25 pm
Swashbuckling Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman AB de Villiers is undoubtedly a valuable asset to any team that he plays for. He is one of those players who is capable of turning the match upside down on his own terms at any stage of the game. No wonder why he is rated as one of the modern day masters of the game. Currently, he is in India to ply his trade for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2017 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
AB de Villiers has been one of the batting mainstays of the team along with the likes of Virat Kohli in the star studded RCB line up. Much to the disappointment of the RCB fans, they will be missing the services of their two best batsmen in the season opener against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 5 at Hyderabad. While Kohli had picked up an injury during the third Test against Australia at Ranchi last month, AB de Villiers had a slight niggle more recently.
Earlier, it was speculated that AB will replace Kohli as the captain of the side in absence of the latter. However, the most recent advancements confirmed that he will be missing the tournament opener as well due to an injury. Just like all the cricket fans, even the man himself is absolutely gutted at this fact.
He recently took to micro blogging site Twitter to express his disappointment at missing the first match for the RCB franchise. De Villiers also wished the stand in captain Shane Watson all the luck for the match and wished the players too. He tweeted, “Really disappointed to be missing the opening game of the IPL tomorrow, good luck to @ShaneRWatson33 and the rest of the @RCBTweets boys!”
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) April 4, 2017
AB de Villiers had finished as the third leading run scorer of the IPL 2016. He had amassed 687 runs in the 16 matches that he played for the RCB. He scored with a strike rate of 168.79 and boasted of a top score of an unbeaten 129.