AB de Villiers was one the biggest players to have played for the Bangalore team in the Indian T20 League. However, the fans of the franchise were left heartbroken when he announced that the 2021 edition was his last season in the Indian T20 League as he had announced his retirement from all forms of the game.
To the relief of the fans, Virat Kohli dropped a major clue about De Villiers returning to the team. “I miss him a lot. I speak to him regularly, quite regularly. He keeps messaging me. He was in the US recently watching golf. Augusta Masters is what I heard it was called. So he told me he was there experiencing it with his friends and family. So we stay in touch and he’s very keenly watching RCB and hopefully will be here next year in some capacity,” Kohli told Danish Saith in a video released by the team earlier.
The South African legend has confirmed that he will be a part of the team in the 2023 season. Although, he did not give away any hints on what role will he be with the team. He said that he missed being a part of the tournament and that he would like to visit his second home, i.e the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
“I am glad that Virat’s confirmed it. To be honest, we haven’t decided anything on it yet but I will be around the IPL next year, I am missing it, don’t know in which capacity yet. I have heard that there might be some games in Bangalore next year and I would like to visit my second home and watch the full capacity Chinnaswamy stadium – I am looking forward to it,” he said while speaking to VUSport.
De Villiers, in his 11–year-long stint with the team, became one of their most important players. He got them out of trouble many times and won them many matches. In his Indian T20 League career, He went on to score 4522 runs in 157 appearances.