AB De Villiers Moves to MRF cricket
It is well known that Indian cricket fans love AB De Villiers perhaps more than any other foreign cricketer. If they could they would certainly have AB De Villiers batting in the Indian top order alongside world superstar Virat Kohli. De Villiers has made a new strong connection to India by dropping his Kookaburra cricket bat for an MRF cricket bat.
MRF has long been known for signing cricket gear and cricket bat contracts with the top batsmen in the world. Virat Kohli is currently a user of MRF cricket bats and in the past there have been the greatest of the cricket greats, including Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Steve Waugh. It does not get better than that and AB De Villiers has joined that illustrious group.
The signs that AB would be joining MRF were quite evident when he was seen netting with the MRF bats. There was probably no need to give the bats a full test run when he saw the way Virat Kohli was striking the ball.
This does however end a long time contract that De Villiers had with Kookaburra. From the moment De Villiers burst onto the international scene more than a decade ago he has been an exponent of Kookaburra. Following the retirement of Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey, AB De Villiers was virtually the poster boy for Kookaburra cricket gear.
With Eoin Morgan also switching to an Indian bat manufacturer it seems that the Indian influence in the game is becoming more and more of a factor particularly from a marketing perspective.
Love it or loathe it, it is undisputed that the IPL has led to opportunities such as this one with AB De Villiers changing from Kookaburra to MRF. It stands to reason that it is only a matter of time before more international cricketers will also be joining the ranks of supreme Indian cricket gear manufacturers.
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