As IPL 2018 is approaching us, more and more shocking news about the players and teams are coming every day. After the completion of the 4th Test between South Africa and Australia, Mr. 360 AB de Villiers will be flying to India and join his team RCB for the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League(IPL). But this series could be deVilliers very last as a South African player because his request for an Indian citizenship has been accepted. Shocked?? But you heard right!! De Villiers will be joining his team Royal Challengers Bangalore for the IPL 2018 as an Indian player and not an overseas player.
In a press-conference when Devilliers was asked this sudden move, he said, “Look, it was a decision I had taken long ago and the process has been going on for a year now. I am happy that the President of India intervened and made a special exception for my citizenship to be fast tracked. I am looking forward to playing in the IPL for now as an Indian player.”
Now that Devilliers is an Indian Citizen, RCB is left with an extra opening for a spot to play another overseas player in the playing XI. Considering RCB’s large number of quality foreign players like Chris Woakes, Corey Anderson, Quinton De Kock, Moeen Ali and many others. Now being an Indian citizen, AB’s spot in the team for playing all the matches in the IPL 2018 is almost assured.
Although, Devilliers is happy being an Indian citizenship, his decision to leave South Africa was certainly very tough and heartbreaking. In an interview, Devilliers became emotional and said, “Yeah, I was born and brought up in South Africa so I obviously have fond memories of my time there. I’d like to thank all the South Africans, including my teammates for their support in this. I wish them nothing but the best going forward. Unfortunately, India does not offer dual citizenship, otherwise there was no way I was going to give up South African citizenship.”
This news could very well means we could finally get to see something really fascinating and amazing which is Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers playing alongside in the Blue jersey. When AB was asked about this prospect, he said, “Virat is a brilliant player. We have shared many great partnerships in the past for RCB and if given an opportunity, I would like to start my international career afresh under Virat.”
The BCCI’s Cheif selector MSK Prasad was seemed delighted by the news and said,” Any team will be lucky to have someone of the caliber of de Villiers in the side. Once all the paper work is done, we will consider him for national selection, subject to approval from the CoA.”
It was the love he received from his Indian fans that led him to this decision. De Villiers had a message to his fans, “It is the love of all the Indian fans that made me make this drastic change. They have always made me and my family feel at home here and I promise that I will give it my best on the field and will keep the tri-colour flying high.”
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