IPL 2020 – RCB’s AB de Villiers sees his younger self in Josh Philippe

IPL 2020 - RCB's AB de Villiers sees his younger self in Josh Philippe


Adam Gilchrist believes Josh Philippe is able to being Australia’s “catalyst for change”. Steven Smith sees “no motive why Philippe cannot play all codecs“. Now, the 23-year outdated Western Australian wicketkeeper has one other admirer in AB de Villiers, with whom he’ll share a dressing room at Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020.

We’re going to have some world-beaters,” de Villiers advised RCB TV. “We could have (Aaron) Finch, Moeen Ali, Adam Zampa and Josh Philippe. I’m trying ahead to connecting with Josh. I see a number of similarities between the best way he performs once I was youthful.”

A batsman firmly within the Gilchrist mould, Philippe will probably be a first-timer on the IPL after he was purchased on the December public sale. On the time, Mike Hesson, Royal Challengers’ Director of Cricket, admitted to being shocked at having signed him up at base value (US$ 280,000 approx). Philippe himself admitted to being “shocked” that he was picked.

Philippe has performed simply 13 Record A video games, however has enhanced his repute following a stellar BBL season, the place he helped Sydney Sixers clinch the title. He was the third highest run-getter in the season – his 487 runs in 16 innings on the prime of the order got here at a strike charge of 130.

The icing on the cake was his match-winning 29-ball 52 in a rain-reduced 12-overs shootout within the closing in opposition to Melbourne Stars. It earned him the Participant of the Match award. He completed the season strongly with three half-centuries in his final 4 outings after a mid-season stoop.

In all, he hit 5 half-centuries and de Villiers had a ringside view of a kind of knocks, a well-paced unbeaten 43-ball 52 in a reasonably regulation chase in opposition to Brisbane Heat. “I’m enthusiastic about Josh,” he stated. “I watched him play for the Sydney Sixers. He takes the brand new ball on, he’s a really proficient participant, I’ve heard Gilchrist say actually some good issues about him.”

Philippe will probably be heading into the IPL on the again of a maiden stint with the Australian limited-overs squad in England. His solely outings on tour have been a bunch of warm-up video games within the lead-up to each the T20I and ODI collection.

In an interview to The Cricketer final week, Philippe stated he was most trying ahead to studying just a few tips from Virat Kohli and de Villiers. “It is surreal,” he stated of the prospect of enjoying with two modern-day stars. “AB and Virat are two of the perfect on the earth so it’s going to be nice to see how they practice, play, and go about their enterprise. It is an incredible alternative to rub shoulders with these guys and see how the perfect on the earth function.


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