The love affair between AB de Villiers and Bengaluru is a beautiful story, as the sultry city has shown an incredible amount of love and support to the South African star.
Ever since AB started playing for RCB, the fans have thronged the stadium to watch their genius in action.
One of the greatest batsmen of his generation, AB has thrilled the Chinnaswamy on many occasions, with his assaults on Dale Steyn a magical chapter in IPL history.
It was therefore fitting in a way that AB played his 100th test match in Bengaluru, as the crowd filled the stadium to celebrate a historic achievement for the batsman.
AB understands how much he means to RCB fans, and has often spoken about why he feels owes them an incredible sense of gratitude for everything they have given him over the years.
Ahead of RCB’s first match of the season, AB sent a message to RCB fans.
“For RCB in 2018, the M Chinnaswamy stadium must become so much more than just our home stadium in Bengaluru – it must once again become our fortress. I have grown to love the place… the atmosphere, the history and, more than anything, the supporters who fill the grandstands every time RCB take the field,” wrote the 34-year-old.
“Unfortunately, in the IPL last year, visiting teams began to love the place as well, and too many of them left with the points. We won only one of seven matches at home, losing to MI, RPS, GL, KXIP and KKR with the Sunrisers match being abandoned. We performed poorly. No excuses. It’s true the pitch did play low and slow for much of the season and 130 or 140 often seemed like it could be a winning score on the compact ground which for so long was renowned as the six-hitting capital of the cricketing world,” he added.
Let’s hope AB comes up trumps tonight!