AB de Villiers says adapting to UAE heat Biggest challenge in IPL 2020


South African star AB de Villiers believes that the biggest challenge for all teams in the upcoming Indian Premier League will be to adapt to the prevailing hot and humid conditions in the UAE. Most games are played at night, but conditions remain challenging. “I’m not really used to conditions like this to be honest. It’s very hot, it reminds me of a test game we played in Chennai in July where Viru (Virender Sehwag) ever scored 300. It was one of the hottest weather conditions I’ve played in. have experience in my life, “he said in an interview on RCB’s Twitter handle.

“The humidity is comparable to that even at 10am. When I got here I checked the weather conditions for a few months and it seems to be getting better. It’s definitely going to play a role 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. “

De Villiers said he would also miss playing in front of a packed crowd in India as the event will be played behind closed doors in the UAE due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I think everyone is used to playing in front of a big crowd, there is definitely an amount of adrenaline that gets pumped into you when it gets really loud, especially in Chinnaswamy when the RCB crowd gets going, it’s hard to get the RCB team So, miss that there is no doubt about it.

“But I will not say that I am not used to it, I have played a lot of cricket in empty stadiums. I grew up like this. It was only in my international career that I played in front of the public,” he said.

The 36-year-old dashing cricket player, considered one of the destructive batsman of world cricket, not only did he say, every player is just happy to be back on the field after international cricket came to a halt in mid-March due to the pandemic.

De Villiers’ first foray into the cricket field amid the pandemic was the inaugural 3TC Solidarity Cup hosted by Cricket South Africa in July.

When asked if there will be a drop in the game standard with players coming out of a long hiatus, he replied, “Not at all. In the 3TC I have had some of the best bowling in the last 3 to 5 years. the bowlers were landing.yorkers, they showed great skills with tempo, variations.

“They’re very hungry, the desire is there, the motivation. It’s not just copy and paste, now the guys are really coming out with rediscovered energy, so I think we’re going to see some fireworks.”

De Villiers said young Australian wicket-keeper-batsman Joshua Philippe is an exciting cricketer and would love to share his knowledge with the Australian opener in the RCB dressing room.

“I’ve always loved seeing Finch play, but now I know him quite well. Another man I love to watch is Joshua, he’s a young wicket-keeper from Australia.

“I’ve seen him play for Sydney Sixers in BBL. He’s very exciting to watch, taking on the new ball, a very talented player with all the shots in the book,” he said.


“As a 36-year-old who has played international cricket for a long time, I look forward to giving back if he wants what I have learned over the years.”

Virat Kohli-led RCB will open their IPL campaign against SunRisers Hyderabad in Dubai on September 21.

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