AB de Villiers sees reflection of himself in Josh Philippe
Former South Africa skipper AB de Villiers has revealed that he sees reflection of himself into Australian youngster batsman Josh Philippe. The explosive T20 campaigner also expressed his excitement to have the youngster on their side in journey to win their maiden IPL title.
Australian batsman Josh Philippe has been picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore where he will be sharing the same team with legendary AB de Villiers. Meanwhile, Villiers has revealed that the youngster adopted the same strategy he used to use when he started playing while speaking in a video on Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) official App.
“We are going to have some world-beaters in this edition, we will have Finch, Moeen Ali, Adam Zampa and Josh Philippe. I am looking forward to connecting with Josh, I see a lot of similarities between the way he plays when I was younger.
“The four guys joining us will add to what we have created here and that is a very special team environment. I am excited about Josh, I watched him play for the Sydney Sixers, he takes the new ball on, he is a very talented player, I have heard Gilchrist say really some good things about him,” he said.
The legendary explosive batsman admitted that the lack of crowd will have influence on the game as they sometimes works to bring the match out.
“I think everyone wants to play in front of big stadiums, there is a sort of adrenaline that pumps into you when the crowd gets very loud especially in the Chinnaswamy, when the RCB crowd gets going, it gets difficult to stop the RCB side. We will miss that, I won’t say I am not used to it, I have played a lot of cricket in empty stadiums” he said.