After losing to Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens on the weekend, RCB next play Kings XI Punjab on Friday. The runners-up from 2016 finished last in the league in 2017, but de Villiers believes that the IPL 11 will see a turnaround for a franchise that has never won the title.
“For RCB in 2018, the M Chinnaswamy stadium must become so much more than just our home stadium in Bengaluru – it must once again become our fortress. I have grown to love the place… the atmosphere, the history and, more than anything, the supporters who fill the grandstands every time RCB take the field,” wrote the 34-year-old, who is RCB’s third-highest run-getter with 2877 from 94 innings.
“Our home season starts with the visit of KXIP on Friday. We have done our homework and they are another powerful team; in fact, this already feels like the strongest IPL ever. So we will need to bat well, to bowl in the right places, to field like tigers and to get the crowd excited and energised. Then, for sure, the Chinnaswamy will roar again.”