Reports: AB de Villiers to be appointed as RCB captain

He will be available for the whole season next year.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. (Photo by Shaun Roy/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise is making some desperate changes before the next season. They have already named Gary Kirsten as their coach replacing Daniel Vettori and have retained Ashish Nehra in the coaching staff. However, they have made yet another biggest change to the setup by appointing the former South African cricketer AB de Villiers as the captain of the team replacing Virat Kohli.

According to reports in Karnataka’s Suvarna News and News 18, Kohli has been removed from the captaincy by the franchise following yet another poor season for the team. De Villiers will replace him at the helm and will be available for the whole season as he has retired from international cricket now. Kohli has been leading the franchise since 2013 but they haven’t managed to win the tournament even once ever since the inception of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Even this year, they looked good to make it to the playoffs but failed when it came down to winning the last league match, they literally choked and didn’t chase a middling total.

Will De Villiers change the fortunes?

If indeed AB de Villiers is appointed the captain, it remains to be seen if he will be able to lead them to the elusive trophy. The biggest thing for the franchise is the superman cricketer will be fresh and available for the whole season next year. De Villiers also recently confirmed that he will be featuring in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in 2019 and will be looking to get into the groove ahead of the marquee tournament.

The former South African was in amazing form in the IPL this year and it left everyone perplexed as he announced the retirement soon after the competition. He was determined on winning the World Cup for his country but even that trophy eluded him during his illustrious career.

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