When AB de Villiers gets going, there no better sight on a cricket field. The fans were treated to yet another Ab de Villiers batting masterclass as he blasted 76 not out off just 34 balls against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday. Coming in to bat with scoreboard reading 91/3, de Villiers combined with Glenn Maxwell and played one of the most-glorious counter-attacking knocks, helping his side to a formidable total. Soon after his knock, the South African started trending on Twitter with fans and experts tipping their hat to his brilliant hitting.
ABD is showing some people how to bat on this so called bad Pitch
— Ravi Desai Champion CSK (@its_DRP) April 18, 2021
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De Villiers retired from the international cricket but continues to play in the IPL and there were talks last year the he might consider coming out of retirement to play in the T20 World Cup. After watching him hit bowlers to all corners of the park on Sunday cricket commentators like Harsha Bhogle urged South Africa to find a way to play him in the T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in India later this year.
“Can someone please talk to AB about playing in the World Cup? #Genius #ABdeVilliers #IPL2021,” tweeted Isa Guha.
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) April 18, 2021
“Surely South Africa, you have to find a way to play @ABdeVilliers17 in the #T20WorldCup. Surely,” Harsha Bhogle tweeted.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 18, 2021
After opting to bat, RCB got off to a terrible start when Varun Chakravarthy got rid of Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar in the second over of the innings.
Continuing with his fine form, Glenn Maxwell steadied the RCB innings with a well-compiled fifty — his second in three outings this season. However, such was the impact of de Villiers’ knock that it overshadowed Maxwell’s brilliant knock of 78 off 49 balls.
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