Will AB De Villiers Play in IPL 2023?

Having retired from all forms of Cricket in November 2021, AB de Villiers, akin the previous season, will not play during IPL 2023 as well.

AB De Villiers

However, there are a couple of good news for de Villiers and RCB fans ahead of the 16th season next year. First, the Proteas legend will cheer for his previous franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) from the stands of their home ground M.Chinnaswamy Stadium.

In fact, he will be present alongside the ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle during RCB’s opening match at their home ground to attend the Hall of Fame induction.

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“RCB, this year, I will be there, come the IPL 2023. I’ll be joining the RCB in March. There’s a hall of fame induction for myself and Chris Gayle. So, I’ll be at the Chinnaswamy for RCB’s first home game. It’s very exciting; it’s a huge honor,” exclaimed AB de Villiers.

Why AB de Villiers retired from all formats of cricket?

De Villiers, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of the game, announced his retirement in a similar fashion on Twitter in 2021. Until 2021, he was the only overseas player to be picked in all IPL auctions since the tournaments’ inception.

Nicknamed ‘Mr. 360’, De Villiers’ range of unorthodox shot-making behind the wicket-keeper earned him the reputation of being one of the most lethal and creative batsman of the modern era.

De Villiers spoke on a range of topics including an upcoming YouTube channel, but ruled out a coaching gig in favour of spending time at home.

AB de Villiers

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“I am definitely not planning to coach a team. I absolutely love to share everything that I have learnt, and that will come. But I am not going to be joining a team, coaching and travelling the world again. I am very happy to spend a bit of time at home after travelling for 18 years,” de Villiers said.

A.B. De Villiers also revealed turning down the opportunity to feature in Legends League Cricket in India due to his surgery.

“I am too old now. Legends League seems to be a lot of fun. I was invited, but I had an eye operation. I know you might think that I can play with one eye but I would rather not do that,” de Villiers’ added.

AB de Villiers

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AB de Villiers as RCB assistant coach?

The 38-year-old has also hinted on the possibility to take up a role in the RCB coaching set-up the forthcoming season onwards.

“Hopefully, I’ll be joining the RCB team. I’ve no idea in what capacity or for how long, but it would be great to join forces again, remarked de Villiers.

While Sanjay Bangar would continue to be the franchise’s head coach, will de Villiers take up the role of the assistant coach or mentor? Only time will tell.

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AB de Villiers’ personal records in ODI

AB de Villiers' personal records in ODI

AB de Villiers is one of the most prolific cricketers in limited overs Cricket. He holds several records in the game including fastest half-century (off 16 balls) and century (off 31 balls).

His batting abilities are unmatched. He possesses an extraordinary array of shots, especially behind the wicket-keeper.

He has accumulated over 8,000 runs in Tests and over 8,500 runs in ODIs. He is a highly versatile batsman and has won the hearts of the cricket lovers around the world.

In Tests, he has scored 22 centuries and 46 fifties. He has also been a good fielder. He has a reputation for jumping on the fence to catch one-hand stunners.

In ODIs, he has scored the fastest half-century (off 16 balls) as well as the fastest century (off 31 balls). He is the second fastest in the world to reach 8000 runs in ODIs.

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AB de Villiers’ personal records in IPL

AB de Villiers' personal records in IPL

AB de Villiers is a great player in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and has made several brilliant batting performances for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has a very healthy strike rate and has played a key role in the team’s success.

In IPL, he scored 5162 runs in 184 matches and has 231 sixes to his name. He has also scored 3 centuries and 40 half-centuries in IPL.

However, there has been some controversy over his performance in IPL and he is being accused by many cricket fans of being a bad performer. This is because he plays only for his personal records and not for the team in IPL.

Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir took a swipe at the former South African star and slammed him for only having personal records in IPL. He also stated that any batsman can score runs in Chinnaswamy Stadium and de Villiers has only stayed for a decade for his personal records.

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AB de Villiers’ personal records in T20 world cup

AB de Villiers is one of the most successful cricketers in the history of the game. He is a three-time ICC ODI Player of the Year and was one of the five Wisden cricketers of the decade at the end of 2019.

He has accumulated over 8,100 runs in Tests including 22 centuries and 46 fifties, making him South Africa’s leading run scorer. He also played in many T20 matches and was a key part of the side in winning the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

In 2011, he replaced Graeme Smith as captain of the national ODI side and became Test captain after the second Test against England in 2015/16. He also took over from Mark Boucher as the regular wicket-keeper.

He has also played in the IPL for three seasons, first for Delhi Daredevils and then for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). In the IPL he has been an integral part of the team.

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