I will definitely be around the IPL next year, reveals RCB legend AB de Villiers

Royal Challengers Bangalore inducted AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle into their Hall of Fame earlier this month. The South African had announced his retirement from the IPL in 2021.

AB de Villiers (courtesy of Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • AB de Villiers announced its retirement from IPL in 2021
  • RCB has included AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle in their Hall of Fame
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore qualified for the IPL 2022 play-offs

South African great AB de Villiers has confirmed that he will return to the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2023.

The 38-year-old, who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, had announced his retirement from the cash-rich tournament in November last year. However, Virat Kohli dropped an important hint about de Villiers earlier this month, saying he would be reuniting with the Bangalore-based franchise.

“I’m glad to hear that Virat has confirmed it. To be honest, we haven’t decided anything yet. I will definitely be around IPL next year. Not sure in what capacity, but I miss going back to come”, De Villiers told VUSport.

“I heard a little bird tweeting that there might be some games in Bangalore. So I would like to return to my second hometown (Bangalore) and revisit the full capacity stadium there in the Chinnaswamy. I would love to return, I am looking forward to it,” he added.

De Villiers, who joined RCB in 2011, played a pivotal role for the franchise. He won many matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore along with Kohli. The franchise, earlier this month, inducted de Villiers and West Indian legend Chris Gayle into their Hall of Fame.

Royal Challengers Bangalore qualified for the IPL 2022 play-offs after Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Capitals in their final league match.

The Faf du Plessis-led side will meet Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator on May 25 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Meanwhile, Gujarat Titans will play Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 1 at the same venue on May 24. The Qualifier 2 and the final are scheduled for May 27 and 29 respectively at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahemdabad.

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