IPL 2017: de Villiers drops bombshell, things worsen up for RCB

Published 04/04/2017, 5:08 AM EDT
AB De Villiers of the Royal Challengers Bangalore looks to attack a delivery during match 8 of the Pepsi IPL 2015 (Indian Premier League) between The Royal Challengers Bangalore and The Sunrisers Hyderabad held at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, India on the 12th April 2015. Photo by: Shaun Roy / SPORTZPICS / IPL


Royal Challengers Bangalore’s standing captain, AB de Villiers took to twitter to deliver a horrific news for RCB and its fans. RCB, already in a difficult situation because of Virat Kohli’s absence for the first few games and the KL Rahul being forced to miss the entire IPL, was heavily relying on someone like de Villiers to not only play match winning innings, but also to lead from the front.

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But this just came up on Twitter:

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Shane Watson, the Australian all-rounder will be the stand in captain till de Villiers or Kohli become fit again. de Villiers; absence will hurt the team incredibly considering he is one of the star performers for the team. He was the third highest run scorer in 2016 having managed to get 687 runs with a strike rate of 120+.  The vacancy created by his absence will be difficult to fill by RCB but with big guns like Watson and Gayle still in the team, all is not lost for them.

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For their opening match, RCB will lock horns with the defending champions, Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on the 5th of April, 2017. IPL 2017 will be very crucial for RCB as they still seek their maiden IPL trophy after having finished runners-up last year. Under Kohil’s leadership, who is supposed to be back to action within 10 days, they will surely look to make a mark this year. Here’s hoping their players get fit in time.

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Jaskirat Arora is the Co-Founder & Content Head of EssentiallySports. He developed an avid interest in sports from an early age and actively follows F1, NBA & Tennis.

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