The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team has never won the Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy. Can IPL 2020 be their year ?
RCB’s team director Mike Hesson thinks so. According to Hesson, team’s extremely experienced international stars AB De Villiers and Dale Steyn can be the team’s big stars as still they have plenty to offer to the team.
South African stalwarts de Villiers and Steyn ‘still have plenty to offer at this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL)’ despite their recent lack of involvement in top-level cricket, Hesson declared.
De Villiers, 36, quit international cricket in 2018 but plays in Twenty20 leagues in South Africa and Australia. He was on the winning team in an experimental three-team tournament in July.
“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,” Hesson told a virtual media conference from Dubai on Wednesday.
“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.”
IPL 2020 : ‘Dale Steyn is bowling some different deliveries, will contribute a lot in IPL 2020’, says Hesson
Fast bowler Steyn, who quit Tests in 2019 to prolong his limited overs career, has played three Twenty20 International matches this year in addition to his stint in the Pakistan Super League.
“He’s developing his game,” former New Zealand head coach Hesson said of the 37-year-old quick.
“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.”
This year’s IPL will be played in the United Arab Emirates from September 19. But the Indian cricket board is yet to declare the schedule for the event this year.