Blistering Batting Performances: AB De Villiers In The IPL

What a lovely name—Abraham Benjamin de Villiers. De Villiers is the man who invented all the strokes used in current Twenty20 cricket, and for good reason: he can play them with incredible balance and follow through from any location on the pitch. He made a lot of shots since he was quite good at

Remembering Abraham Benjamin de Villiers. De Villiers is the man who invented all the strokes used in current Twenty20 cricket; he can hit the ball in any direction, with incredible balance and follow through, giving him the moniker “Mr. 360.” His success in other sports, tennis, and hockey, throughout his school years, accounted for the majority of his shots. For the first three years of the T20 extravaganza that is the IPL, De Villiers was a member of the Delhi Daredevils, who are now known as the Delhi Capitals. In 2011, the RCB paid $1.5 million (about Rs. 6.6 crores at the time) to acquire him in an auction, and since then, he has been a poster boy for the Bangalore-based club alongside players ViratKohli and Chris Gayle.

According to cricket news platforms,the former South African cricketer gave us many great performances in the IPL while playing for Delhi and Bangalore. He is mulling a comeback to international cricket.

  • 105*(54), DD against CSK, Durban, IPL 2009 –

The South African genius showed glimpses of his future greatness in this game and the subsequent IPL seasons. In their first innings, Delhi lost both of their openers, GautamGambhir and VirenderSehwag, in successive overs. Ex-Sri Lankan opener TillakaratneDilshan went out to join de Villiers in the middle. Dilshan attacked the bowling early, hitting 5 fours and 2 sixes in his first 15 balls, while de Villiers went about his job unobtrusively at the other end to help stitch together a 68-run stand.

Following Dilshan’s dismissal (he slapped a full toss from Morkel straight to Raina at the cover), the scoring pace slowed significantly, as Chennai went almost 5 overs without giving up a boundary. As if that weren’t enough, after achieving his fifty off of 35 balls, AlbieMorkel dropped a sitter that he promptly threw away.

De Villiers and Manoj Tiwary put on 74 runs quickly, with Tiwary contributing just 9 runs, thanks in large part to de Villiers’ frequent use of the mid-wicket and long-on regions in the last four overs. De Villiers’s ball hitting was beautiful to see as he scored 20 from Andrew Flintoff’s 19th over and his hundred off the final ball of the same over. He reached this milestone after facing 51 balls. Only 19 balls were used in his second fifty.

Chennai Super Kings started well in their chase of a 190-run mark. Having scored 56 runs in the first five overs, with Matthew Hayden smashing 35 off of them in only 17 balls, Chennai seemed to be on track to win their run chase. Hayden continued to bat after losing his opening partner, Parthiv Patel, and he hit fifty after facing just 22 balls. After losing ground in the game, Delhi managed to get back in the mix by acquiring Hayden after the eighth Over. When CSK lost their captain, MS Dhoni, with 84 needed in the second part of their innings, the game swung in favor of Delhi. With Andrew Flintoff at the crease, Raina made a useful cameo before holing out to de Villiers at far on with the score at 51 for 3 off 36. Then AlbieMorkel stepped in and did his best to send them over the finish line, but frequent fall of wickets at the other end led to a 9-run triumph for the Delhi Daredevils.

  • 129*(52), Royal Challengers Bangalore against GL  at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore –

Yesterday, they covered one-half of the 229-run monster partnership in this game; today, we’ll cover the other. Once batting, RCB quickly lost Gayle and then saw de Villiers and ViratKohli walk off the field. Kohli just needed to play at a run-a-ball, give de Villiers the strike, and knock the rare boundary to win the game. Even though the surface was sluggish, Mr. 360, or AB de Villiers, unleashed his arsenal of traditional, clean cricket strokes on the helpless Gujarat Lions bowling attack.

The fans at the Chinnaswamy Stadium were treated to pure entertainment as it took de Villiers just 18 deliveries to reach 50 a second time, compared to the 25 it took for his maiden 50. After reaching his century, de Villiers blasted a few more sixes before stepping back to watch Kohli’s innings unfold. De Villiers went undefeated with 129 runs, while the Royal Challengers Bangalore scored a massive 248 runs, which was too much for Lion’s batting lineup, hence they lost to RCB by 144 runs. The batting spectacle that de Villiers and Kohli put on at the Wankhede a year ago was impressive, but this one could have been even better.

  • 47*(17), Royal Challengers Bangalore against DC at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore –

Deccan Chargers, bolstered by ShikharDhawan’s 73* and the contributions of Australians Daniel Harris and Cameron White (respectively 47 and 45), gave the Royal Challengers Bangalore a challenging mark of 182 to win and give their 2012 IPL campaign a new lease of life. Surprisingly, TillakaratneDilshan and Chris Gayle put up 91 runs for the first wicket to get them off to a solid start. Anand Rajan’s dismissal of Chris Gayle, however, opened a can of worms for RCB, as they lost wickets at a rapid pace, with TillakaratneDilshan, who had been in a good position at 71, among them.


Although de Villiers failed to hit the third one squarely, it still found its way through the space between long on and deep mid-wicket. After scoring 12 runs off the first 3 balls, AB de Villiers stood back in his crease to create space, converted a 146 km yorker into a half volley, and hammered it miles over the deep cover boundary. Steyn couldn’t help but laugh at the absurdity of the situation. Danny Morrison said, “they are watching something extremely exceptional!” when the sixth ball was pushed beyond the long leg for four more.

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