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IPL 2019: Predicting RCB’s best playing XI

Sunil Joseph
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Number 3 and 4 - AB de Villers and Shimron Hetmyer

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers is a man who needs no introduction. He has been one of RCB’s most consistent performers over the years. His ability to play shots all over the ground has earned him the nickname ‘Mr. 360’ by the cricket fraternity. Last season, we saw him bat at number 3 since Virat was forced to open the innings due to a lack of openers. This put a lot of pressure on AB de Villiers since they weren’t any notable batsman to rescue the innings should he get out early. But that has all changed this season.

While Kohli is expected to open the innings again this year, AB de Villiers can rest easy knowing that Shimron Hetmyer is most likely to walk in to bat at number 4. Hetmyer came under IPL teams’ radar after his antics during West India’s tour of India where the left-handed batsman scored a century and followed it up with a score of 94 in the next ODI.

Having a player of the calibre of Hetmyer will give AB de Villiers more freedom which means that fans are in for some entertainment.

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