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IPL 2020: AB de Villiers, the ace in the RCB pack

Born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1984, AB De Villiers made his Test debut for South Africa in 2004 as a wicketkeeper-batsman. Soon his artistic cricketing skills took him far and wide. He’s regarded as one of the greatest T20 players of all time if not the greatest. De Villiers has played for many T20 teams like Barbados Tridents, Brisbane Heat, Delhi Daredevils, Lahore Qalandars, Proteas, Rangpur Riders, and Tshwane Spartans. Fans of AB De Villiers fell in love with his aggressive batting and athletic fielding.

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Over the years, he developed into one of South Africa’s modern-day greats. Unfortunately, persistent injuries forced him to retire from international cricket in 2018. But that hasn’t stopped him from playing the T20 leagues all over the world. The former South African captain is definitely the most destructive batsman of his era. But his methods aren’t as brutal as Chris Gayle. While the West Indian great wields the bat like a truncheon, De Villiers uses it like a sword. He hits the ball all over the park with so much ease, fans call him Mr. 360.

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AB De Villiers

One of De Villiers’ trademark shot is the stroke over the wicketkeeper’s head. It’s not a Dilscoop, but a correct shot which is executed with power and precision. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) was at the receiving end in 2014 when AB De Villiers single-handedly steered a weak Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) line-up to victory breaking a string of defeats. De Villiers was at his explosive best in the 19th over, faced by Dale Steyn, one of the best fast bowlers in the world at that point. De Villiers tore into him. 24 runs came off that over. One-shot stood out for its sheer boldness and inventiveness. De Villiers moved across the off-stump and lifted a bullet delivery over the fine leg. Steyn stood with his hands on hips and applauded his national teammate.

AB De Villiers still keeps us mesmerized with his stunning stroke-making and brilliant fielding. Now in the UAE for the 13th edition of the IPL, his agenda will be simple – to erase the memories of all the disappointing seasons for RCB. He would even wish to catapult them into the play-offs. Having been in the side since 2011, AB De Villiers would really like to steer Bangalore to their first-ever IPL title.

 

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