McCullum responded to ABD's tweet announcing he was pulling out of the IPL opener Image: AFP
Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, who will be turning up for Gujarat Lions in IPL 2017, took to Twitter to hilariously troll good buddy AB de Villers and the Royal Challengers Bangalore's ever-growing injury list ahead of the IPL opener on Wednesday.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore camp is in the midst of a serious injury crisis ahead of the IPL opener against Sunrisers Hyderabad, with the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, KL Rahul and Sarfraz Khan all out injured. While Virat is expected to miss the first few games, Rahul and Sarfraz might be out for the entire tournament.
AB de Villiers was slated to be captain in the opening match in the absence of Virat Kohli. But he, too, pulled out of the first match due to a bad back and tweeted out a good luck message for his team and stand-in captain Shane Watson, saying, "Really disappointed to be missing the opening game of the IPL tomorrow, good luck to @ShaneRWatson33 and the rest of the @RCBTweets boys!"
McCullum soon picked up on old buddy ABD's tweet and offered a witty solution for RCB's dire injury crisis. Baz suggested that RCB might need to field coach Daniel Vettori ."Dodgy back again bro? You fellas almost need to roll out the coach for game 1!?," read McCullum's tweet.
ABD saw the funny side of McCullum's tweet and responded saying, "@Bazmccullum @ShaneRWatson33 @RCBTweets Now that would be good entertainment!"
McCullum, who was once Vettori's New Zealand team-mate, responded saying the 38-year-old could still get the job done with the ball for his team. "He would prob still get his 2 for 18 off 4 overs! Proper bowler! Catch u soon, quick recovery bro," he wrote in response to ABD's tweet.
RCB will take on champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL 2017 opening match later today.