- RCB has never won an IPL trophy
- Their coach things Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers will be their trump cars in IPL 2020
- AB de Villiers retired from international format back in 2018 and Dale Steyn retuired from test format in 2019
In the 12 seasons of the Indian Premier League, The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team has never won the trophy, but will it change this year? Well, the Director of Cricket Operations of RCB, Mike Hesson, is positive about it.
As per Hesson, RCB has extremely experienced international stars including AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn which can still offer a lot to the team given the huge potential.
Hesson declared that the South African stalwarts AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn “still have plenty to offer at this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL)” despite their recent lack of involvement in the top-level cricket.
AB de Villiers, 36, retired from all formats of international cricket back on 23rd Mat 2018 but he still plays in Twenty20 league in South Africa and Australis.
de Villiers was on the winning team in an experimental three-team tournament in July.
Thorugh a virtual media conference which was held in Dubai on Wednesday, Hesson said, “Only a matter of weeks ago he took part in a match in South Africa and once again he was a standout player, having just come out of his living room. So that certainly showed the quality of player he is,”.
He also said, “He’s had very, very good franchise tournaments around the world the last 12 months and he’s in good touch.
“Physically, he’s feeling good and refreshed. And once again, he’s one of the few in the group that are absolutely chomping at the bit to get into training.”
Hesson said, “Dale Steyn is bowling some different deliveries, will contribute a lot in IPL 2020,”.
The 37 year old South African pacer quit his Test format to prolong his limited overs career and has played 3 Twenty20 international matches in 2020 in addition to his spell in the Pakistan Super League.
The 45 year old former New Zealand Head Coach, Hesson, said Dale Steyn is “developing his game,”.
He said, “We saw some different deliveries that he’s been able to develop over the last six months. So he’s certainly not ready to retire yet, certainly very keen to make a contribution this IPL.”
IPL 2020 will be played in the United Arab Emirates and will start from the 19th of September with the first match played between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings who also played the last match of IPL 2019 in the tournament Finale.