IPL 2021: Dan Christian looks forward to joining Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell in RCB

IPL 2021: Dan Christian has got a golden opportunity to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season. He was picked to replace Chris Morris, who went to Rajasthan Royals.

The Aussie all-rounder is relishing the prospect and looking forward to joining his legendary teammates in RCB.

“It will be brilliant to bat with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers on the other end. Throw Glenn Maxwell in there as well, a good mate of mine from home in Australia, we have played good cricket together,” Christian said in an Instagram live session.

The 37-year-old further added: “To be playing or just be sharing the dressing room with those guys will be fantastic, and I’m really looking forward to it, and hopefully, we go really well as a team.”

Christian was bought by RCB for Rs 4.8 crore. This is an impressive amount for a cricketer like him but pales in comparison to what the person whom he replaced in the side – Chris Morris – went for. The South African became the costiliest-ever buy in IPL history with a price of Rs 16 crore paid for him by the Rajasthan Royals.

Still, it is a golden opportunity for Christian. His value in the shortest format derives from his power-hitting which played a key role in his Big Bash League team – Sydney Sixers – winning the latest season.

Christian was once a valuable member of the Australian ODI side too. He even has a hat-trick to his name in the format – taken against Sri Lanka in the third final of the 2012 tri-series at home.

But he wasn’t able to become a regular member of the team. However, like so many players of his generation, he has gained a great reputation in T20 league circuit, playing for several teams around the world.

His last stint in a T20 tournament was playing for Karachi Kings in Pakistan Super League (PSL).

For most of the devoted IPL fans, Christian is most vividly remembered for being the player on strike on the last ball of the 2017 IPL final. He was playing for Rising Pune Supergiants and they needed four of the final delivery. However, he couldn’t hit the ball to the boundary and was run out coming back for the third run, thereby ending up on the losing side by a solitary run.

This season, the all-rounder wants to see his team win.

“We’re going to win it this year. As a team, we are probably due to winning (sic) one and hopefully, I can help (the team) to get over the line.”