AB de Villiers, one of the most successful batsmen in cricket history, made his IPL debut in 2008 playing for Delhi Daredevils. However, after playing 3 seasons, he joined Royal Challengers Bangalore. Actually, De Villiers has been a very explosive batsman, however in the year 2010, Delhi Daredevils released him, which is a very surprising decision for the fans even today.
De Villiers recently revealed on his YouTube channel that Delhi team officials had assured him that he would be a part of the team in 2011 but shortly before the auction, he came to know that he had been released. AB also said that he was extremely inconvenienced and surprised due to miscommunication from the franchise’s side.
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AB de Villiers Told why Delhi Daredevils released him
Speaking on his YouTube channel, AB de Villiers said, “When I played in IPL 2010, I was called to the office of Delhi Daredevils and was told, ‘Young AB de Villiers, you will be retained.’ I was sitting with David Warner in that meeting. But then after a week or two, when I came to know that I had been released, it was a great surprise for me. So communication was not good at that time, these days it should be different but it is not a good feeling.”
The best thing for AB was that the auction held for IPL 2011 proved to be a turning point in his career. Royal Challengers Bangalore included De Villiers in their team in 2011 for Rs 5 crore. After which there was a big upheaval in his IPL career. In 11 seasons with RCB, he left an indelible mark in IPL history with memorable performances and cemented his status as one of the legends of the tournament.
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