Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batting mainstay AB de Villiers has expressed that the hot and humid conditions in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a worrying factor in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. The UAE will be the first time hosting the entire league in three assigned venues- Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
In 2014, they had hosted the first half of the cash-rich league due to the general election. But this time, the COVID-19 has forced BCCI to host the league outside India.
AB de Villiers, who comes from South Africa, said that he is not used to the weather like in the UAE. He said that the hot weather of Dubai reminded him of one of the Test matches against India in Chennai where Virender Sehwag scored 300 runs. He said that it was the hottest day he had experienced in his life.
“I am not really used to these kinds of conditions, to be honest. It’s very hot, it reminds me of a Test match we played in July in Chennai once where Viru (Virender Sehwag) scored 300. It was one of the hottest weather conditions I have experienced in my life,” he said in an interview posted on RCB’s Twitter handle.
AB de Villiers said that players will have to save energy until the completion of the game.
“The humidity is similar to that, even at 10 at night. When I arrived here I checked the weather conditions for the last few months and it seems to be getting better. It is definitely going to play a part and you have to make sure you have the energy for the backend of the innings or the last 5 overs of your bowling spell,” AB de Villiers said.
We will miss our fans: AB de Villiers
Talking about playing without the crowd, AB de Villiers said that the team would surely miss the support of fans during the IPL 2020. He added that the crowd had pushed RCB to give their best.
“I think obviously all are used to playing in front of crowds on a big stage, there is certainly an amount of adrenaline that is pumped into you when it gets really loud, especially in Chinnaswamy when the RCB crowd gets going, it’s difficult to stop the RCB team. So, well miss that there is no doubt about it,” AB de Villiers concluded.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will play their first match of the tournament against Sunrisers Hyderabad on 21st of September.