Xtra Time Web Desk: Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have decided to retire the jersey numbers worn by AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle. The two former RCB players will be inducted into the Indian Premier League (IPL) side’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.
During the 2013 IPL season, Gayle smashed a mindboggling 708 runs in 16 matches for RCB, including an unbeaten 175. The swashbuckling Jamaican began his stint with Kolkata Knight Riders in 2009, before moving to RCB, where he served the longest stint with an IPL franchise. He was bought by Punjab Kings in 2018, where he played four seasons.
As per the announcement, an event named RCB Unbox will take place on March 26th at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. It will be a curtain-raiser for their upcoming season. First, the team’s full-squad practice will be conducted, followed by RCB Hall of Fame induction ceremony and later, celebrities like Sonu Nigam and Jason Derulo will perform at the event.