IPL 2021: AB de Villiers on Monday joined the rest of the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad ahead of the resumption of Indian Premier League. Kane Williamson, who missed the Bangladesh tour, also reached the UAE to join the Sunrisers Hyderabad camp.
AB de Villiers has not played competitive cricket since May (Courtesy of BCCI)
- AB de Villiers arrived in the UAE on Monday to join RCB camp
- RCB will resume their campaign against KKR on September 20
- Kane Williamson, who missed the Bangladesh tour, joined the SRH camp in the UAE
Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday announced that former South Africa captain and superstar batsman, AB de Villiers joined their camp in Dubai ahead of the resumption of Indian Premier League 2021. The former runners-up completed their quarantine and got down to training with the available players in Dubai.
RCB shared a photo of AB de Villiers from the airport as the South African star gears up for reunion with Virat Kohli, who will join the camp with the rest of the players after the completion of the England Test series. Notably, de Villiers ruled himself out of a comeback and place in the T20 World Cup squad for South Africa but the 37-year-old is expected to play a crucial part for RCB despite not having played competitive cricket since May.
RCB’s head coach and Director of Cricket. Mike Hesson announced that Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell will also join the squad in a couple of days while New Zealand all-rounder and World Test Championship final star, Kyle Jamieson will link up with the squad in the UAE on September 10.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 6, 2021
RCB are currently placed 3rd on the 8-team points table with 7 wins from 10 matches and are looking good to seal a spot in the play-off for the second successive season.
RCB announced replacement players — quality picks in the likes of Wanidu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera and Tim David for the remainder of the season. They resume their campaign against Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi on September 20.
Kane Williamson arrives in the UAE to lead SRH
Meanwhile, Sunrisers Hyderabad welcomed back their captain, Kane Williamson as he joined the squad which has begun training in the UAE. Williamson is not part of the New Zealand squad for the ongoing 5-match T20I series against Bangladesh in Bangladesh.
Williamson will also not be part of the 3-match ODI and 5-match T20I squads as New Zealand take on Paksitan from September 17 to October 3 in Paksitan.
Notably, the New Zealand captain replaced David Warner as the skipper of Sunrisers Hyderabad earlier in the year before the IPL 2021 was suspended due to Covid-19 scare in bio-bubbles in India.
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