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IPL 2020: Royal Challengers Bangalore give a 'royal salute' to the frontliners

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Filed on September 11, 2020
FOR A CAUSE: Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli (left) and AB de Villiers during a training session in Dubai on Friday. - Royal Challengers Bangalore Twitter

Skipper Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn thank these heroes for keeping them safe

The Royal Challengers Bangalore have thanked the frontliners in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and have given a 'royal salute' in appreciation for their selfless efforts.

RCB skipper Virat Kohli, South African batsman AB de Villiers and compatriot pace ace Dale Steyn thanked these heroes for keeping them safe during these unprecedented times.

"If jerseys could talk, this one would have said thank you," said AB de Villiers.

The 36-year-old, who has been an integral part of RCB since 2011, has seen it first hand with his father Abraham B de Villiers and mother Millie working on the frontline and he had a special message for his parents.

"Let me tell you about my Real Challenger. That is my dad. He's a general practitioner from back home in South Africa, who worked on the frontline during the Covid pandemic. He put himself on the line. My mum also helped in the practice. And I'm very proud to be their son," he said.

And to make sure these Covid warriors from around the world are recognised, De Villiers urged people to share stories of such heroes.

"If you know a Real Challenger who bats night and day, for us to be safe, share their stories with the #WeAreChallengers #MyCovidHeroes," said de Villiers, who played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is.

Kohli, meanwhile, gave a royal salute to these heroes for their spirit and sacrifice.

"To the countless real challengers, whose undying spirit and sacrifice made it possible for all of us to get back on the field, we Royal Challengers give a royal salute to each and every challenger out there," said Kohli.

Fast bowler Steyn said these warriors accepted the challenge when faced with adversity.

"Nameless faces or faceless names, but when came the challenge, they all said 'Challenge accepted'," said Steyn.

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