AB de Villiers sees his younger self in Josh Philippe

Adam Gilchrist believes Josh Philippe is able to being Australia’s “catalyst for change”. Steven Smith sees “no reason why Philippe can’t play all formats”. Now, the 23-year previous Western Australian wicketkeeper has some other admirer in AB de Villiers, with whom he’s going to percentage a dressing room at Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020.

“We are going to have some world-beaters,” de Villiers instructed RCB TV. “We will have (Aaron) 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 batsman firmly within the Gilchrist mold, Phillipe might be a first-timer on the IPL after he used to be purchased on the December public sale. On the time, Mike Hesson, Royal Challengers’ Director of ESPNcricinfo.com, admitted to being stunned at having signed him up at base value (US$ 280,000 approx). Phillipe himself admitted to being “shocked” that he used to be picked.

Phillipe has performed simply 13 Listing A video games, however has enhanced his popularity following a stellar BBL season, the place he helped Sydney Sixers clinch the name. He used to be the 3rd easiest run-getter within the season – his 487 runs in 16 innings on the best of the order got here at a strike price of 130.

Josh Philippe used to be the Participant of the Ultimate Mark Metcalfe / © Getty Pictures

The icing at the cake used to be his match-winning 29-ball 52 in a rain-reduced 12-overs shootout within the ultimate in opposition to Melbourne Stars. It earned him the Participant of the Fit award. He completed the season strongly with 3 half-centuries in his final 4 outings after a mid-season stoop.

In all, he hit 5 half-centuries and de Villiers had a ringside view of a kind of knocks, a well-paced unbeaten 43-ball 52 in a somewhat legislation chase in opposition to Brisbane Warmth. “I am excited about Josh,” he mentioned. “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.”

Phillipe might be heading into the IPL at the again of a maiden stint with the Australian limited-overs squad in England. His most effective outings on excursion had been a host of warm-up video games within the lead-up to each the T20I and ODI collection.

In an interview to The Cricketer final week, Phillipe mentioned he used to be maximum having a look ahead to finding out a couple of methods from Virat Kohli and de Villiers. “It’s surreal,” he mentioned of the possibility of taking part in with two modern day stars. “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.”