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'Great Challenge': AB de Villiers Describes his First training session

The sticky wicket was a "great challenge" but South African star AB de Villiers left the ground after his first net session in ages a satisfied man, having got what he had wanted ahead of the IPL.

Shivani Arora

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Published on 31 Aug 2020 10:11 AM GMT

Great Challenge: AB de Villiers Describes his First training session
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The sticky wicket was a "great challenge" but South African star AB de Villiers left the ground after his first net session in ages a satisfied man, having got what he had wanted ahead of the IPL.

The 36-year-old, who turns out for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the T20 league, resumed training after a five-month long coronavirus-induced break for the sport and said the first sessions were pretty good as he stuck to the basics.

AB de Villiers:

“It was very good, enjoyable to be out there, the wicket was a bit sticky so it was a great challenge, actually if I could have it my way, I would have wanted my first net session to go like this only after a long time,” De Villiers said in a video posted on RCB’s official Twitter handle.

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“I kept my basics in place, watched the ball carefully, I played some nice shots in the end and it was enjoyable,” added de Villiers, who also donned the keeping gloves during the session.

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De Villiers was in quarantine for six days after arriving in the UAE and hit the nets after clearing three COVID-19 tests. The session was also attended by Umesh Yadav, Parthiv Patel and Gurkeerat Singh among others.

The team had hit the nets for the first time on Saturday after successfully ending its quarantine period.

RCB captain Virat Kohli, South African pace legend Dale Steyn, the spin trio of Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar and Shahbaz Nadeem were among the players who had attended the first net session.

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The 13th IPL was moved out of India due to the rising COVID-19 cases in the country. The IPL will be held across three venues in the UAE from September 19 to November 10.

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