Royal Challengers Bangalore, one of the three teams since the inception of the Indian Premier League, has been unable to lift the trophy. They have been finalists three times (2009, 2011 & 2016). Last year they finished third and were knocked out of the tournament in Qualifier 2. And, RCB Hall of fame inductee AB de Villiers has shared his opinion about the team lifting their first trophy.
However, RCB has retained most of their players ahead of this tournament edition. Given that their ace batter Virat Kohli has returned to form, the team looks in a much stronger position than last year.
In a video released by Star Sports, he said:
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) November 17, 2022
“Hopefully RCB’s turn is around the corner” – AB de Villiers
“It’s been how many seasons now? Quite a few, 14 or 15 or whatever. So, they would love to break the shackles. I think if RCB wins this one, then they’ll probably win two, three, four quickly but let’s wait and see what happens, T20 cricket is a bit of a gamble sometimes, anything can happen. Especially knockout games, but hopefully RCB’s turn is around the corner.”
AB de Villiers, who retired from playing cricket, is joining the franchise in a new role ahead of this edition of the IPL. He has already met with the RCB management in Bangalore ahead of the mini-auction on 23rd December.
He even talks about what this franchise means to him, “I absolutely love RCB, it’s meant the world for me, it’s changed my life. I have been there since 2011, I’ve made friends for life, it’s part of me and my family and that’s what we do, you know? We are all RCBians.”
He has been part of the team from 2011- 2021, scoring 4491 runs in 144 innings, including 37 half-centuries and two centuries.