AB de Villiers – a name synonymous with ‘Superman’ in modern day cricket. An excellent amalgamation of elegance, ferocity and wonder, De Villiers is a player who took the entire cricket fraternity by storm from the moment he became a part of it. Moulded by time, he is one of the best batsmen witnessed by the present generation of cricket fans.
The magic he carries in himself is evident from the alteration in the atmosphere of the stadium when he comes out to bat. One of the world’s most loved cricketers, ABD is one of the most celebrated heroes in the Indian Premier League as well.
Ab De Villiers has been an absolute phenomenon; a man who literally has no weaknesses. He can produce a classical cover drive, but can also play the most unconventional of strokes that can make a bowler scratch his head in utter disbelief.
Another facet of De Villiers’ batting that makes him a class act is his ability to switch gears and switch between moods seamlessly. Against Kings XI Punjab in Match 42 of IPL 2019 he took 25 balls to score his first 25 runs, to steady the ship, but then went on the rampage and took just 19 balls to score the next 57 runs.
In the process, he produced an amazing display of ethereal batsmanship, and took cricket fans to places only he can take. The one-handed six off a high full toss that went out of the ground was an act of skill that our generation was tremendously lucky to witness.
There have been soo many instances where he has literally scored runs singlehandedly, just to take his team upto a decent total. There is nothing which Ab De Villiers can’t do. The willow in his hands works as magic and he can make his side win from any situation.
Watching Ab De Villiers at his supreme best is nothing, but pure bliss. He makes you gape at him in awe, he makes you applaud his splendid stroke play. As a bowler you are assessing ways to beat him. But, in the end the world feels sorry for you.
He has dismantled the best of bowling attacks, has played some of the greatest innings that the sport has ever seen, and has given fans unbridled joy.
We as RCB fans can ask you nothing more, but to ask you TO KEEP PLAYING FOREVER, maybe?