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AB de Villiers returns home to South Africa with a match left in RCB’s poor IPL 2017

AB de Villiers just scored 216 runs for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in this edition of the Indian Premier League, while the team has managed only two wins from the 13 matches.

ipl 2017 Updated: May 10, 2017 01:28 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has had a disappointing Indian Premier League (IPL) season with the illustrious batsmen in their line-up, including AB de Villers, failing to fire.(AFP)

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) foreign recruit AB de Villiers has returned home to South Africa to be with his family ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy, even as there is one more game remaining for this Indian Premier League (IPL) team in the tournament.

Taking to Twitter, ABD wrote: “A disappointing #IPL2017. Some tough lessons learnt that we take in to next year! Happy to be home with the family before the #CT17 in June.”

Last IPL’s finalists had nothing going for them in the tenth edition of the cash-rich tournament. Royal Challengers Bangalore is languishing at the bottom of the table with 10 losses from 13 games and one washout.

On Monday, skipper Virat Kohli took to Twitter to apologise to the RCB fans for a disappointing season. “Thanks to the @RCBTweets fans for all the unconditional love and support this season as well. Sorry we couldn’t play up to our standards,” Kohli had tweeted.

Kedar Jadhav led RCB’s run chart with 255 runs in 12 innings followed closely by Kohli with 250 runs in nine innings. De Villiers is third with 216 runs in nine innings.

Royal Challengers Bangalore play their final match on May 14 against Delhi Daredevils at Ferozshah Kotla where skipper Kohli would aim to end the campaign on a positive note at his home ground.

First Published: May 09, 2017 12:51 IST