The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is almost finished with their preparations for IPL 2020 and they will be searching for their maiden title win once the tournament starts on 19 September.
In a recent video with the RCB team, star batsman and probably the wicket-keeper for this season, AB de Villiers spoke about the conditions they have to deal with in the UAE for the next couple of months.
The RCB side is habituated to play in front of packed stadiums in India and it will definitely be something that the players will miss in IPL 13.
AB de Villiers said in a video on the RCB app, "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 also went on to reveal that he is accustomed to playing in empty stadiums and has done for a major part of his professional cricket career.
"I grew up like that, it's only during the last few years of my international career that I played in front of full stadiums. Even then, every season I used to go back to play domestic cricket and play a four-day game and there were just four-five people sitting inside the stadium. But we will miss the RCB crowd without any doubt," he added.
Watch the video:
AB de Villiers talks about the team’s preparations for the Dream11 IPL, the new recruits joining this season, and he has a special message for the 12th Man Army.#PlayBold #IPL2020 #WeAreChallengers #Dream11IPL pic.twitter.com/llFYGpEzs7— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 16, 2020
RCB will begin their IPL 2020 campaign on 21 September against Sunrisers Hyderabad.