AB de Villiers was requested by Virat Kohli to return to IPL as a mentor


AB de Villiers, the former South Africa captain and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) wicketkeeper, has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket after the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL). According to a source, De Villiers is likely to return to the T20 league in 2022, but in a different role nonetheless.

Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore will not only name their new captain on Saturday (March 12), but they are also expected to identify De Villiers as a 'mentor' for the franchise. Kohli reportedly asked De Villiers to join the coaching team as a 'mentor' once the Indian batter stood down as captain after IPL 2021, according to a reliable source. De Villiers had been with RCB since the 2011 Indian Premier League. Rumour has it that on March 12, an announcement could be made.

Last season, De Villiers scored 313 runs in 15 games, with two fifties and a strike rate of 148.34. De Villiers scored 5,162 runs in 184 games in the IPL, averaging 39.7 with a strike rate of 151.68, including three hundreds and 40 fifties.

De Villiers' countryman Faf du Plessis is expected to be named as the RCB's new captain for the IPL 2022 season. The high-profile team has scheduled a news conference on the 12th of March at 4 pm to discuss the topic. The role of captain needed to be filled by Virat Kohli's decision to stand out last season. At some time it has been speculated that Glenn Maxwell was the first in line to replace him. However, the RCB chose Du Plessis instead.

On their social media account, the team's fourteenth anniversary will be celebrated on March 12th at the Museum Cross Road in Church Street, according to the franchise.

On the other hand, AB de Villiers just turn 38 last month on 17 February. AB de Villiers, three words that elicit a flood of passion from cricket fans all over the world and instil dread in even the finest of bowlers. De Villiers has accomplished it all on the cricket pitch, whether it's batting a whole day without worrying about hitting a boundary to preserve a Test match or reverse swiping a 90 mph delivery for a six in white-ball cricket. RCB was also rarely disappointed when he counted on the Proteas' abilities to save them in tough circumstances or times.