RCB all-rounder AB de Villiers asserted that they are going to miss the RCB crowd in the UAE. The IPL 2020 will be played behind closed doors with no spectators in attendance due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic — and thus there would be no home advantage to the teams.
The change in venue was commanded because of the increasing cases of COVID-19 in India. The matches in IPL 2020 will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.
The 13th edition of IPL was originally scheduled to kick off from March 29 was postponed indefinitely after April 15 due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the nation.
AB de Villiers will miss the RCB fans in IPL 2020
South African all-rounder AB de Villiers has expressed he would miss the fans in the IPL this term, with the matches set to be played without fans in attendance. De Villiers said he is quite used to playing in the empty stands but the aura of IPL was its fans which he will miss.
“I think everyone wants to play in front of big stadiums, there is a sort of adrenaline that pumps into you when the crowd gets very loud especially in the Chinnaswamy when the RCB crowd gets going, it gets difficult to stop the RCB side. We will miss that, I won’t say I am not used to it, I have played a lot of cricket in empty stadiums,” AB de Villiers said in a video on Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) official App.
“I grew up like that, it’s only during the last few years of my international career that I played in front of full stadiums. Even then, every season I used to go back to play domestic cricket and play a four-day game and there were just four-five people sitting inside the stadium. But we will miss the RCB crowd without any doubt,” AB de Villiers added.
Adapting to UAE’s weather conditions is a tough one for AB de Villiers
De Villiers stated he is not very used to playing in such harsh heat and he recalled the similar conditions he played in Chennai once. However, ABD is convinced the weather will get better according to his google updates.
“I am not really used to these types of conditions, it is very hot, it reminds of me a Test match we played in Chennai where Viru scored 309, that’s the hottest conditions I have ever played in. The humidity is
similar to that, when I arrived here, I googled the weather conditions for the next two months here in UAE. It seems to be getting better, I can already feel that it is better right now. It is important to have energy and the weather will definitely have a part,” AB de Villiers pointed.
AB De Villiers is the second top-scorer in RCB’s history with 3724 runs at an average above 41. The Royal Challengers Bangalore squad had started their training after completing the mandatory quarantine.
RCB have reached the final thrice, under three different captains but the IPL title has never got in their hands. With a new coaching team, they would look to break the jinx and get their hands on the silverware. Royal Challengers Bangalore will play their IPL opener against Sunrisers Hyderabad on 21st September.