Former Royal Challengers Bangalore star AB de Villiers has backed Virat Kohli and has predicted that his former teammate will score more than 600 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season. On his YouTube channel VUSport Streaming, he said that he is confident Kohli will look amazing and can play optimally for RCB this season.
“Everyone knows about Faf du Plessis as captain. I think the most interesting thing for me is that Virat is not the captain and can release a little bit of pressure. I expect a very big season from Virat. I'm thinking 600+ runs from him this year and hope he brings out his best hitting potential in the tournament," said AB de Villiers.
AB de Villiers was one of the star players of RCB whom Kohli led. The friendship between de Villiers and Kohli is quite close and the two share mutual respect as they also admire each other. RCB played without De Villiers this season after he announced his retirement from cricket.
The former RCB hitter also spoke about his compatriot, Faf du Plessis who was appointed the new Bangalore skipper after Kohli announced his resignation from captaincy.
"Faf is also very experienced. He has had good cricket training for him and he will allow Virat and some of the younger players to go and break free, and just enjoy the IPL. I don't know what to expect (from RCB) but I anticipate some people to actually go up in this IPL from the RCB setup," added de Villiers.