The 32-years-old is not sure about playing RCB’s next game in the tournament. RCB’s batman has confirmed that he won’t be keeping wickets in this tournament. He is a key player for RCB. He missed his first match against SRH on 5th April. There was lack of top order batsman in the team as we all know, no one can take his place.
De Villiers claimed that he could go on to miss five years of cricket if he starts wicket keeping again. According to Daniel Vettori, De Villiers was a great option to keep the stumps after KL Rahul’s injury but now the next best option to keep the stumps in Kedar Jadhav. AB is still not sure of playing the next home fixture against Delhi Daredevils on Saturday.
He says that he will be back on field when he recovers 100% from back injury. He was initially supposed to lead RCB in absence of Virat Kohli. He says that he will have a practice session in which he will hit couple of balls and then he will decide that he will be playing the next match or not. He was having sympathy for his teammates who lost one sided against defending champions SRH.
De Villiers quoted : * “Even though I’m very very keen to get on the field, I’ll make sure that I’m 100% fit,” de Villiers said on Thursday. “Because, if you go on the park and you’re 90%, you might be out for longer anyway. It doesn’t make sense. I am going to test it [the back] out this afternoon. We’ve got a nets session. I’ll hit a couple of balls, see what it feels like, and then we’ll make a call.” * “I will definitely not consider wicket keeping,” de Villiers said. “I’ll miss the next five years if I start keeping again. My back won’t allow that. My back is sore because of all those years of keeping.” * “Last night’s game was always going to be difficult. It is the first game of the season. The [Royal Challengers] team that played the final last year and the team that played last night, I think there were about five or six changes. So, it was always going to be difficult to hit the ground running without Virat [Kohli], myself, and KL Rahul, all leaders in their own right. But I have never doubted the skill and the talent of the team. I have no doubt in my mind that we will come back strong from this.”