AB de Villiers innings not blind hitting, plays with a method feels DD skipper Gautam Gambhir
The South African batsman slammed an impressive and unbeaten 90 against the Daredevils in the Chinnaswamy.
Updated - Apr 23, 2018 3:59 pm
The Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore handed Delhi Daredevils another loss as they sit at the bottom of the points table in the 11th edition of the tournament. It was masterful innings of Protea AB de Villiers which took the game away from Gautam Gambhir-led Delhi Daredevils as his 39-ball 90 became the massive difference during the run chase.
Gautam Gambhir, the skipper of Delhi praised AB de Villiers in a column which the left-hander wrote for Times of India. According to Gambhir, it is impossible to stop the player when he is in such an attacking mode. After Trent Boult took one of the best catches on the boundary ever to dismiss Bangalore skipper Kohli, Gambhir along with the Delhi Daredevils fans would’ve thought that they were pretty close to a victory. However, the blistering innings of AB did not allow that to happen as RCB won the game with two overs to spare.
AB-Gayle can decode GST
Gambhir, in his column, praised de Villiers as well as West Indian Chris Gayle who has demolished the opposition in his all outings for his new franchise. Gambhir jokingly said that both AB and Gayle are in such form that they can even decode the GST issues as well as make North Korea president stop talking about the nuclear bomb button. “On current form, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers can even help us decoding GST and its implications. Or, convince the North Korean president from removing that button from that desk,” read the piece written by Gambhir.
De Villiers’ innings, not a blind hitting: Gambhir
Talking about De Villiers batting, Gambhir felt that it was not just a blind hitting but a well-planned attack on the bowlers. Gambhir felt that De Villiers magic nullified the brilliant efforts of Delhi’s Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyyer. “From the outside, it may seem mad hitting, but if you look closely, you can spot a method too. When he first came in De Villiers attacked Shahbaz Nadeem with slog-sweeps.
To the fast bowlers, he’d jump outside the off stump, form a strong base and hit it anywhere between extra-cover to fine leg. All this with a head so still that you can place a cup of tea on it and go to a toilet. Such was the De Villiers magic that he paled off outstanding knocks by Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer,” Gambhir wrote in the article.