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AB de Villiers arrives in India; joins RCB’s bio-bubble in Chennai

The ‘Superman’ AB de Villiers has landed in India and his franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore is elated for the same. RCB took to Twitter to announce the arrival of AB de Villiers. They posted a picture of the RCB stalwart and captioned it as “The spaceship has landed! AB de Villiers has joined the RCB bubble in Chennai”

RCB are currently in Chennai where they have begun their preparations for the IPL 2021. However, AB de Villiers will have to undergo seven days of quarantine before he can join the squad. He will be tested several times and will be allowed to join the squad if the test results come negative.

AB de Villiers was in top form in the previous edition of the IPL and scored 454 runs at a scintillating strike rate of 158.74. He also donned the keeping gloves and gave RCB an option to explore different combinations. With specialist keepers like Mohammed Azharuddeen and KS Bharat available, it is uncertain if AB de Villiers will keep for RCB in the upcoming season or not.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli is also expected to join the squad soon. It was reported that Virat Kohli left the bubble in Pune to be with his family. As a result, he too will have to undergo seven days of mandatory quarantine. Post the India-England series, Virat Kohli talked about the challenges of bio bubbles. He said that staying in bio bubbles for a long time can be very hectic.

“Sheduling needs to be looked at in the future, because playing in bubbles for so long, two to three months, is going to be very, very difficult going forward. You can’t expect everyone to be at the same level of mental strength. Sometimes you do get cooked and you do feel like a bit of a change. I am sure things will be discussed and things will change in the future as well. But a different tournament, it brings fresh challenges heading into the IPL,” Kohli had told host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.

RCB will take on Mumbai Indians in the opening game of the Indian Premier League.

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