5 Overseas players who are madly loved by Indian fans
Thanks to the Indian Premier League (IPL), a few overseas stars have made a different connect with the fans.
Updated - Mar 16, 2020 11:00 am
Cricket is a religion in India. People are madly and passionately in love with it and the fan following is absolutely remarkable. They run behind cricketers for pictures, autographs and such things. Irrespective of the venue, cricket has brought cheer and happiness more often than not.
There’s absolutely no doubt that the fans love the Indian players and most of them get huge receptions and are greeted by roars. However, there are quite a few overseas stars who are loved madly as well. Thanks to the Indian Premier League (IPL), a few overseas stars have made a different connect with the fans and even the players like coming back to India year after year.
Thus, here are five such cricketers who Indians fans madly love:
1. AB de Villiers
There’s absolutely no doubt that AB de Villiers which most likely be at the top of this list. He has a special connect with India. Everywhere he goes, he is invariably greeted with loud cheers.
It’s down to the IPL as well. The South African great played for Delhi between 2008 and 2010 and since then, de Villiers has been with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Bengaluru seems to have become his second home. In fact, in 2015, the Wankhede Stadium gave him a standing ovation for his magnificent ton against India in the fifth ODI of the series.
On the same tour, Bengaluru hosted his 100th Test match and it was turned into a home game for him. There were chants of ‘ABD, ABD…’ as he scored 85. It is de Villiers’ style of batting and his ability to smack the ball 3600 that makes him a special player. There are very few who can adapt to conditions and situations like de Villiers can.