Who can replace AB De Villiers in RCB? 


AB de Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in November 2021. There was a time when it was rumored that RCB’s management was looking to appoint him as team’s new captain. It will be a difficult task for the management of RCB to find a replacement of De Villiers.


Aiden Markram


Aiden Markram made his IPL debut last year with Punjab Kings. He impressed with his performances in the T20 World Cup. With the scores of 40, 51*, 19, 0, and 52*, he was the best player of South Africa in the tournament. It would be a perfect scenario of a South African replacing a South African at RCB. Like ABD, Markram is also highly aggressive and is consistent as well.


David Warner


Despite being an opener, Warner is a potential candidate to replace AB De Villiers in the RCB XI because of his playing style. The Australia opener was awarded the Player of the Tournament award in the recently concluded T20 World Cup. This shows that he still got many more years of cricket left. Australia’s explosive opener David Warner has all the qualities required to replace AB de Villiers.


Liam Livingstone


Liam Livingstone is a strong hitter of the ball and just like AB De Villiers, he has also a lot of experience. With 160 T20 matches under his belt, he offers what RCB needs in their middle order. Livingstone along with Glenn Maxwell, could wreak havoc for RCB in the end overs. If he gets the opportunity to replace AB De Villiers, he could find success in RCB.


Jonny Bairstow


Jonny Bairstow is also a brutal hitter of the ball like AB De Villiers. Bairstow could be used as an option by RCB if they want the replacement of ABD at the auction. The English batsman is a prolific run-getter and can be a good pick for RCB in the IPL 2022 mega auctions. He has also the ability to perform anywhere in the batting line-up.


Shimron Hetmyer


Hetmyer has done quite enough to be considered the next big thing in West Indian cricket. Another merit point with Hetmyer is that he has already played for RCB. He made his debut in IPL with RCB.  Hetmyer was also a crucial player for Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2021. Hetmyer has the ability to help his team win games in near-impossible scenarios, which is similar to De Villiers.

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