AB de Villiers could take a wicket from Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2021. © BCCI / IPL
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Cricket Director Mike Haves has said that AB de Villiers will once again be the wicketkeeping option for the team in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). RCB is set to play the IPL 2021 match against Mumbai Indians on 9 April in Chennai. AB de Villiers wore wicketkeeping gloves in a few matches last year and is expected to do so if he told Hayes in a video posted on RCB’s official Twitter handle that he would balance eleven playings this year.
“We were happy with the fact that AB de Villiers loved wicketkeeping and he adopted it. He wanted to continue it, it’s a real option.
“Now we have a couple of other wicketkeeping options which are very good. Mohammad Azharuddin is a natural athlete in gloves and on the field. We have KS It is a natural protector (and) also gives us various options.
“Now we won’t promise you what he will do. We are very happy with the choices that we have made and AB is definitely one of them.
RCB’s training camp for the next edition of IPL will start from 29 March. Hughes previously said that AB de Villiers would arrive on March 28.
He said: “We have found a way for the players to arrive by 1 April. Finn Allen will play in the New Zealand T20 on 1 April and then he returns to ABD 28.”
Hughes said: “It is very different from last year where we held everyone behind for a long time when people did not train or play.
“So, this time it’s different, we selected players playing international and domestic cricket here and there until a few days ago. So, we prepared in a few different ways.”
The final of the 14th edition of the tournament will be played on May 30 at the Narendra Modi Stadium. Games will also be played at this venue.
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