AB de Villiers, the right hand Royal Challengers Bangalore, has stated that it was extremely frustrating for him to miss games at such a crucial stage of the Indian Premier League season for RCB. RCB have won 3 of their 8 games and need to keep winning to win have a good chance to seal a top four slot for themselves, hence missing their best batsman any longer is something they just can't afford.
De Villiers on his illness, owing to the "extremely debilitating" viral flu, wrote recently in his column for Times of India that, "The last four days have been a blur I have been suffering from severe viral flu, one of the most debilitating illnesses I have ever experienced,"
"Aside from one visit to the hospital, I have barely left my hotel room. Sleep has been almost impossible, and the migraine headaches have been extreme"
"It was frustrating for me to miss two home matches at the Chinnaswamy, but I was able to follow both games on television ... even if, to be honest, most of the time, it was only possible to watch with one eye open because of the throbbing pain in my head. The good news is that my condition is now improving every day and‚ as the aches ease and I start to get some proper sleep‚ we are very hopeful that I will be available for selection to play (against Chennai)."