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Hopefully he’ll be back in some capacity: Virat Kohli on potential return of AB de Villiers to RCB next season

Written by Sumit Seth

While speaking to Danish Sait’s Mr. Nags character in a video for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Virat Kohli said that he missed de Villiers’ presence a lot and still keeps in touch with him.

The prolific right-hander decided to hand up his boots in 2021 after the Covid-19 affected two-part IPL. De Villiers at the time had said that he had stopped enjoying his cricket.

“I miss him a lot. I speak to him regularly, quite regularly. He keeps messaging me,” Kohli said in the video.

“He was in the US recently watching golf. Augusta Masters is what I heard it was called. So he told me he was there experiencing it with his friends and family,” he said.

“So we stay in touch and he’s very keenly watching RCB and hopefully here next year in some capacity,” Kohli said, with a wry smile.

Royal Challengers are currently in the fourth position in the league table and are primed to enter the playoffs alongside Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants. Hardik Pandya-led GT made it to their first playoffs in their inaugural season. The other teams need to reach at least 16 points to make it through safely. RCB have 14 points from 12 games and play Punjab and Gujarat in their last two matches.

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