Legendary South African striker AB de Villiers believes he might not have succeeded in cricket had he been born in India and not in his own country. One of the best hitters of the modern age, De Villiers is often referred to as ‘Mr. 360 ‘for his ability to play punches in all parts of the field.
He is one of the most beloved overseas cricketers in India and enjoys a stunning fan base in the country. In addition to heroism in international cricket for South Africa, De Villiers also entertained fans with his brilliant performances for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
RCB legend De Villiers is one of the best strikers to adorn the IPL and have made several winning appearances for his team. He won the immense love of India and Indian fans. De Villiers recently spoke about his love for India while speaking on an RCB podcast and said it would be interesting to grow up in that country.
De Villiers, an excellent cricketer and one of the greats of the game, also went on to argue that it may have been difficult for him to get on the Indian team due to the sheer amount of talent and intense competition for places in the Indian national cricket team. De Villiers said that only special players manage to play for a team like India.
“I’ve had the privilege of experiencing IPL cricket, Indian audiences and the Indian way of working for the last 15 years. Obviously growing up in India would be interesting. I might never play for India, who knows. It’s hard to get on an Indian team; you have to be a special player.” said De Villiers on the RCB podcast.
De Villiers, who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket after the IPL 2021 ended last year, played 114 tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is in a glorious international career, amassing 8765, 9517 and 1672 races in three formats. He is the sixth biggest runner in IPL history with 5,162 runs from 184 matches.
De Villiers also opened his journey with RCB in a podcast and said the experience ‘changed his life’. Despite not being able to win a single IPL title in the franchise, De Villiers said he regrets his stay with the team without regret.
“RCB is a family for me. I think it changed my life in 10-11 years. Like any other family, there are ups and downs. There are beautiful ones, there are amazing rides, there are just a few. There are good relationships, and there are those that break down and it’s all part of the fun. I look back without regret. I think of my career at RCB as the most amazing years of my life, ”De Villiers said.