In Dream11 IPL 2020, Mr.360 aka Superman of cricket, AB De Villiers once again rescued Royal Challengers Bangalore with his fierce batting on Saturday against Rajasthan Royals in the match no. 33 of Indian Premier League 2020.
Chasing 178, De Villiers smashed six sixes to help RCB win the game after all seemed lost for them following the dismissal of Virat Kohli with the team struggling at 102 for three in the 14th over.
Interestingly, the atmosphere in RCB’s dressing room turned electrifying as soon as De Villiers walked in. Every player was chanting ABD’s name for snatching the victory from jaws of defeat. The team’s skipper Virat Kohli himself looked in awe of de Villiers as he found it hard to believe that RCB actually won the game. The 31-year-old even hugged the South Africa batsman for his heroics.
Notably, other players of RCB including bowlers Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Siraj couldn’t stop themselves from heaping praises on de Villiers and they were clapping for the 36-year-old for approximately half a minute. In fact they even bowed down to his genius. Every player in the dressing room looked confident and high on energy and it was all because of just one man – AB de Villiers.
ABD is the most impactful player in IPL: Virat Kohli
Meanwhile, Kohli called de Villiers the “most impactful player in IPL” after his ‘Superman’ knock.
“AB is always been someone who’s been ready to look at the situation and adapt his game accordingly. In my eyes he’s the most impactful player in the IPL,” Kohli said during the post-match presentation ceremony.
“If he goes, the opposition know they have a slim chance and there’s a good reason for that. It’s purely because of the presence of someone like him that teams feel we are never out of the game.”
“To be honest, you’re always tense in chase because you’re not sure how many balls AB is going to get. Credit to Gurkeerat as well, he stuck with AB, got that important boundary. It doesn’t matter who the bowler is, he does what he does.”
‘I WAS NERVOUS’: AB de Villiers
De Villiers, who was adjudged the Man of the Match for his blistering knock, said he was nervous in the 19th over as he had to hit those big sixes to get his team home.
“I didn’t hit even one of them (sixes) off the middle. When Unadkat was bowling, I was looking leg side but to be honest I was nervous because I knew I had to hit it well. Luckily I got a few away,” he said.
With four fifties, including a 33-ball 73 against Kolkata Knight Riders, the former South African skipper has been in rampaging form this IPL.
“I’m very very nervous and erratic (in chase) and I get very stressed like any player. I want to perform for the team and show the owners I’m here for a good reason. And family, fans, and also for myself.
“Last game I didn’t perform my role as well as I should have, but this time I did. It’s a cat and mouse game, I always respect the bowlers. If they bowl well to me, they’ll have the upper hand.”
AB is greatest of all time: RCB coach Simon Katich
Head coach Simon Katich on Saturday described AB de Villiers as a “freak” who single-handedly won Royal Challengers Bangalore the game against Rajasthan Royals.
“He is a freak, isn’t he? That’s why he is the greatest of all time. What we saw was another masterclass, we have seen a number of them already in this tournament.
“He had one here against Mumbai, and obviously the other day he got 73 off 33,” Katich said during the press conference.
The coach also said that they learned from their mistake in the last game and ensured that de Villiers batted at his usual number four spot. The South African star had come in at number six against KXIP on Thursday.
“We certainly made sure that he bats in his right position today. We certainly learnt from our mistake and he was wonderful.
“The reason we won was I think he was magnificent, Chris Morris was brilliant, (Yuzvendra Chahal) got us back in the game with his two wickets, we had a number of crucial performances but AB basically won us the game single-handedly.
“Looked like Rajasthan deserved to win and we got out of jail really.”