Updated: 17 November 2021
The most anticipated IPL 2022 mega auction’s preparation will kickstart soon with the announcement of two new teams for IPL 2022. It will be challenging for all eight franchises to pick their best players to be retained. A few key players might find themselves getting released. Royal Challengers Bangalore will be eager to do some quality changes to their squad.
If we look at the team, we observe that Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Devdutt Padikkal & Harshal Patel (purple cap winner) are the players whom the team management would like to retain. This will mean AB de Villiers will have to go to the auction pool.
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VIVO IPL 2021 has been a below-average season for de Villiers, where he could score only 313 runs in 15 innings. Royal Challengers Bangalore might give preference to Glenn Maxwell, given his exceptional performance in the VIVO IPL 2021. Let us look at three which can target AB de Villiers in IPL 2022 mega auction:
3 Teams Which Can Target AB De Villiers In Mega Auction
Sunrisers Hyderabad had a bad outing in IPL 2021, finishing as the bottom team. Ahead of IPL 2022 mega auction, they will have to revamp the entire squad. The team management will be looking towards someone who can guide the team and bring stability to the batting order.
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They can target AB. Kane Williamson’s place in the side is also in question due to his dismal performance as a captain in the IPL 2021. In such a situation, De Villiers can also be a probable contender to lead SRH in IPL 2022.
The second team which can target AB de Villiers in the IPL 2022 mega auction is Punjab Kings. The middle-order of PBKS is weak. They need someone to provide a finishing touch with some dependable batting. AB de Villiers can be a perfect player to fill this void for Punjab. He is very flexible and can bat at any batting order according to the team’s requirements.
There is some ambiguity surrounding PBKS skipper KL Rahul might leave the team before the mega auction. De Villiers can also be a possible replacement for KL Rahul as the player or might be captain.
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The third team which can target AB de Villiers in the IPL 2022 mega auction is Rajasthan Royals. They have been inconsistent so far since the last few seasons. Rajasthan Royals lack a quality middle-order batsman who can torment the bowling attack and play fearless cricket. AB de Villiers can provide that extra cushion to the Rajasthan Royals Squad. He is a precious asset and can change the fortunes of the Rajasthan Royals.