The game changer

Indian experience

A versatile batsman, he was a key player in the Delhi Daredevils’ team. It was in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League that he became an asset to the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Partnering with the Jamaican batsman Chris Gayle, Abraham Benjamin de Villiers or ‘ABD’ as he is called by the Bengalureans, is one of the finest and destructive batsmen that cricket has seen till date. An effortless hitter, he has remained RCB’s backbone. Excited about the matches to come, AB de Villiers says, “We are doing good. We have had a rocky start, but we are back on track and I am excited about what’s coming.”

Calling IPL a magical experience, he says, “You get a great vibe while playing here in India. The cheering and the crowd go beyond the teams which is quite amazing. We got the same support as the home team while playing in Ahmedabad. No matter where we are playing, the support just pours in.”

He adds that he loves to play here in India as he likes the cricket culture here. He sees IPL as a platform for meeting other international players and says, “It is an opportunity to measure yourself with the best players in the world.”

An admirer of Bengaluru, he says, “I love the City and it is definitely the best city in India. There is no doubt about it. I love Indian food, especially the chicken tikka masala and onion dosa.”

The South African captain wraps up saying, “IPL, especially for young Indian players, is a platform to kick onto the international cricket scene. Also, not all international cricketers get a chance to play here in IPL and it is really tough to get in. So, all the guys should take the opportunity and enjoy every moment.”

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