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.
A treat to our eyes, ABD’s best innings demand constant retelling and therefore here are five of his best knock in the IPL.
Top 5 AB de Villiers knocks in the IPL :
1) 133* vs Mumbai Indians –
The Wankhede Stadium was painted blue, but however an unfamiliar tale was narrated that day when the crowd hailed the flair of a rival batsman. The legend destroyed Mumbai Indians in their own backyard.
2) 129* vs Gujarat Lions –
That innings had class, madness and entertainment written all over it. Batting at a strike rate of 248.07, ABD scored an unbeaten 129 in 52 balls. He showed his brutal side to the bowlers that day. His splendid knock was soon followed by Virat Kohli’s century as the duo went on to register the highest partnership of 229 runs in IPL history.
3) 89* vs. Sunrisers Hyderabad –
ABD’s unbeaten 89 while chasing a total of 156 unfolded like poetry. ABD single-handedly chased down the target with one ball to spare. What appeared to be an easy win for Sunrisers Hyderabad was soon stolen from right under their nose by one fierce innings.
4) 79* vs. Gujarat Lions –
His unbeaten 79 against Gujrat Lions may not seem that significant in terms of figures but it is, undoubtedly, one of the most fabled knocks from AB de Villiers in terms of the playing conditions. Virat Kohli and his men came running to the field as the Bangalore-based franchise made it through to the first playoff of the season.
5) 66 vs Rajasthan Royals –
The eliminator of the Playoff at Pune turned out to be a one-sided contest in the end. Batting first, RCB had an indifferent start but de Villiers found an able partner in Mandeep and took our score to 180.
One can watch and read about these brilliant knocks time and again. Yet, they will never fail to amaze as these are the tales of a saga that deserves to be retold.
For RCB, de Villiers was one of their greatest match-winners after debuting in 2011. Along with Virat Kohli, ABD formed a formidable force. The duo have instrumental.
After so such of batting skills left in him, he still chose to retire the world was stunned into silence that day, but it became a little better when he said he will, “continue playing T20 competitions around the globe and he is excited to play the IPL in particular.”
“The IPL remains the biggest T20 tournament in the world, and I can’t wait to rejoin Virat Kohli and the rest of my team-mates at Royal Challengers Bangalore, where we will all be working hard to erase the disappointments of 2018, everybody knows RCB has the potential to win the IPL, and nobody knows quite why we have tended to perform so far below that potential, but we’re not far away, and I fully expect us to be extremely competitive in 2019 – says Ab De Villiers before IPL 2019.
The fans will keep waiting and we hope that 2019 season will be a memorable season for our players as well as the fans.