Royal Challengers Bangalore’s South African recruit AB de Villiers has addressed a message to RCB fans ahead of their first home game against Kings XI Punjab on Friday.
RCB lost their first match to Kolkata Knight Riders by 4 wickets at Eden Gardens. The star-studded side will want to come back strongly at home as they take on KXIP.
In a column on Times of India, the RCB and Proteas start wrote that M Chinnaswamy (RCB’s home venue) will be more than their home ground. He hopes that the Bengaluru stadium will roar again for the red army in this year’s Indian Premier League.
“For RCB in 2018, the M Chinnaswamy stadium must become so much more than just our home stadium in Bengaluru – it must once again become our fortress. I have grown to love the place… the atmosphere, the history and, more than anything, the supporters who fill the grandstands every time RCB take the field,” he wrote.
“Our home season starts with the visit of KXIP on Friday. We have done our homework and they are another powerful team; in fact, this already feels like the strongest IPL ever. So we will need to bat well, to bowl in the right places, to field like tigers and to get the crowd excited and energised. Then, for sure, the Chinnaswamy will roar again,” he added.
de Villiers scored 23-ball 44 against KKR last Sunday. The RCB squad also includes the likes of Brendon McCullum, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes as well as their skipper Virat Kohli.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com