South Africa’s star AB de Villiers has revealed he is intimidated by the potential of Indian cricket. With the ever-growing Indian Premier League giving India a strong set of players in almost every season, the Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman feels that the Indian cricket is only going to get stronger because of the lucrative league.
Ever since its inception in 2008, the Indian Premier League is seen by the majority as a breeding ground for emerging Indian talents. The likes of Ambati Rayudu, Sanju Samson, Yusuf Pathan, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah had caught the attention after performing in this tournament, not to forget they have also gone on to play for the national team on the basis of their good performance in India’s premier T20 tournament. The ongoing season is no different as the likes of Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi and Basil Thampi have impressed one and all with their performances.
In an interview to Forbes India, de Villiers explained how the Indian cricket is benefiting from the IPL.
“I am scared of Indian cricket; it’s just getting stronger and stronger because of the IPL,” De Villiers said.
“The IPL has introduced so many Indian youngsters to this great experience of playing under pressure against the best in the world. No other country has that. They (the other countries) are slowly but surely catching up, but India is far ahead of that. I think they have got some great talent, there are some great youngsters coming through always… the future is in great hands,” he added.
The Big Bash League, which was started in Australia in 2011, is already quite big and famous but it still has a long way to go to catch up with the standards of the IPL. On the other hand, South Africa and England are also mulling over introducing new T20 tournaments. South Africa’s newly-proposed league named – ‘The T20 Global League’ is all set to start this year while England are also close to starting their new tournament in the shortest format of the game.
Meanwhile, de Villiers had a forgettable IPL this year where he managed to score only 216 runs in 9 matches before leaving the tournament to prepare for the upcoming ODI series against England. He missed his side’s final league game against Delhi Daredevils on Sunday (May 14) which the Virat Kohli-led side won by 10 runs to bow out of the tournament with 3 wins in 14 matches.