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RCB to retire two jersey numbers in honour of AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle

Indian Premier League fanchisee Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has announced that it will retire the jersey numbers worn by two greats — AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle — when they will be inducted into the IPL’s Hall of Fame on March 26.

“Jersey numbers 17 and 333 will be retired forever as a tribute to @ABdeVilliers17 and @henrygayle, when we induct the legends of RCB into the Hall of Fame,” RCB tweeted the announcement.

Jersey No. 17 was used by de Villiers for RCB, who played 11 seasons (2011-2021) and scored 4,491 runs in 156 matches for the franchise.

The South African legend also scored 37 half-centuries and two hundreds for the team, with a highest score of 133 not out in 2015.

De Villiers had a strike rate of nearly 152 for RCB. He retired from all forms of cricket in November 2021. He has a huge fan follwing in India.

Virat Kohli, de Villiers posted five 100-plus partnerships for RCB and two 200-plus stands, the only pair in the world to post two such partnerships.

On the other hand, West Indian hard hitter Gayle played for RCB for seven season (2011-2017) and his jersey No. 333 became the most feared among opposing teams.

During the 2013 IPL season, the Jamaican smashed a mindboggling 708 runs in 16 matches for RCB, including an unbeaten 175.

Gayle started playing IPL with Kolkata Knight Riders in 2009, before moving to RCB, where he spent the longest period with an IPL franchise. He was then bought by Punjab Kings in 2018, where he played four seasons.

(Inputs from PTI)

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