RCB’s AB de Villiers speaks about Josh Philippe

Josh Philippe can play all formats according to Steve Smith. He will be playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020 and his teammate, AB de Villiers has already praised the youngster and pictured him as his younger self.

Talking to RCB TV, de Villiers said, “We are going to have some world-beaters. We will have Finch, Moeen Ali, Adam Zampa and Josh Philippe. I am looking forward to connecting with Josh. I see a lot of similarities between the way he plays when I was younger.”

A young player who first emerged on the scene at the Big Bash League (BBL) for Sydney Sixers in the 2019-20 season where he was the 3rd highest run-getter in the tournament. On top of that, he played the biggest innings of his life in the final of the event. He played the decisive match-winning innings of 52 runs off 29 balls in a 12-over final against Melbourne Stars. Subsequently, he was declared the man of the final.

The 23-year old will play for Royal Challengers Bangalore and will have Virat Kohli and Ab de Villiers as teammates.

BBL 2019-20 season, where AB de Villiers was playing for Brisbane Heat, Josh, while playing for Sydney Sixers, scored one of his five half-centuries of the tournament while AB was watching from the opposite side. De Villiers also remembered the moment and mentioned in the interview, “I am excited about Josh. I watched him play for the Sydney Sixers. He takes the new ball on, he is a very talented player, I have heard Gilchrist say really some good things about him.”

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Josh Philippe was part of the Australian contingent that tour England for the limited-overs T20I and ODI series. On Wednesday, Australia wrapped up the ODI series after coming hard despite fear of losing the match. However, Philippe didn’t get his chance to make the debut. He and other IPL players headed for UAE on Thursday for their respective franchises.

Josh Philippe is eager to learn from the experienced duo of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. In an interview with The Cricketer, he said, “AB and Virat are two of the best in the world so it’ll be great to see how they train, play, and go about their business. It’s an amazing opportunity to rub shoulders with those guys and see how the best in the world operate.”

Sharing the dressing room with such big cricketers will definitely help the right-hander. Along with his national captain, Aaron Finch, Philippe might get his opportunities to show Finch and his national selectors to give some headaches as teams are preparing now for the upcoming two T20 World Cups.