I will be around RCB next year: AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers had a fruitful association with RCB. File photo: IANS

Mumbai: Former South African great and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Hall of Famer AB de Villiers has confirmed that he will be back with the franchise for next year's Indian Premier League (IPL) edition.

De Villiers, who quit all forms of cricket a few months back and did not participate in IPL 2022 in which RCB will play their Eliminator match on Wednesday, said he was not yet sure in what capacity he will return.

"I will definitely be around the IPL next year. I would love to return to my second hometown," de Villiers told VUSport.

"I will be around RCB next year, I am missing it, don't know in which capacity but I would like to visit my second home which is Chinnaswamy Stadium -- I am looking forward to it," said de Villiers, who was included in the RCB Hall of Fame a few days back along with West Indies legend Chris Gayle.

De Villiers, considered by many as one of the greatest white-ball cricketers with 9,577 runs in 228 One-Day International matches, is the first South African batter to score a double century in Tests when he blasted 217 against India in April, 2008.

One of the most destructive batters in ODIs, de Villiers in January, 2018, scored both the fastest fifty and the fastest century by a batsman, off 16 balls and 31 balls respectively.

He is sixth on the list of players with the most runs scored in IPL with 5,162 runs from 170 innings at an average of 38.70 and a strike rate of 151.68.

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