AB de Villiers left the cricket fraternity stunned after he announced his retirement from international cricket. The news came just a few days after Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the Indian Premier League franchise he plays for, crashed out of the IPL 2018. His decision came out of nowhere as the former South African captain was expected to have one more go at the World Cup and was expected to take part in 2019 World Cup but the cricketer decided to call it quits.
While announcing his retirement, De Villiers confirmed that he will play for Titans but there was no clarity over his IPL future. The RCB player has revealed his future in the tournament and has confirmed that he will be playing the T20 league for few more years.
“I will keep on playing IPL for a few years, and I would like to play for the Titans, and help some of the youngsters. But there are no set plans. I haven’t been able to say that for a long time. There are some offers on the table from around the world, but it will be nice to wake up and wonder what to do; to be normal,” he was quoted as by www.iol.co.za.
The right-handed batsman was part of RCB in IPL 2018. He has been representing the same franchise since 2011. Earlier, he was the part of Delhi Daredevils but was bought by RCB for $1.1 million later ahead of IPL 2011. He was later retained by the franchise ahead of IPL 2014 and 2018 auction. He is one of the regulars performers his team and the news of him confirming his participation in next season of will be a big relief for the Virat Kohli-led team.
De Villiers has an experience of 141 IPL games in which he has scored 3953 runs at an average of 39.53. His strike-rate of 150.93 is one of the best in the history of the tournament. Interestingly, there can be a case when the next edition of the tournament might be played in South Africa due to the Lok Sabha elections in India next year.