The lack of South Africa’s AB de Villiers, who has retired from international cricket, is hurting the fans a lot in this year’s IPL. Known as Mr 360, this player had also announced his retirement from franchise cricket after IPL 2021. But an RCB player is forcing him to return to this league again. Yes, de Villiers himself has said this.
After the departure of AB de Villiers, RCB included Dinesh Karthik in his place. Karthik, sold for 5.50 crores in the IPL auction, has so far stood on the trust of the team. Karthik is playing the role of finisher in RCB and has played an important role in the matches played so far. He is the leading run-scorer for RCB this season with 197 runs. During this he also won two man of the match awards. AB de Villiers is also surprised to see this smoky batting of Karthik.
The former RCB player, while talking to vusport streaming ahead of the match against Lucknow Super Giants, said, “The form he is in at the moment and he has already won 2-3 matches for RCB. Looks like he is going to live his life. Ki is in the best form. I don’t know where this form came from because he hasn’t played much cricket. But man, he is in good form and is playing 360 degrees around the wicket. He almost makes me feel that way That I go back and play some cricket again. He excites me, plays under pressure in the middle order and has a lot of experience and if he keeps up his form, there is a good chance that RCB will go ahead Will go.”
He went on to say, “I was incredibly surprised and didn’t expect it. I’ve always known he’s a very capable player, a funny kind of guy. He likes to play under pressure and he’s on the wicket. Busy player. But he hasn’t played much cricket. Last time I saw him before IPL, he was doing commentary in UK. He wasn’t playing much domestic cricket and I thought he was going to end his career. On a halt, but he stunned us all with his intention and energy.”