IPL 2018: Ben Stokes shares a move to stop AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers scored a magnificent knock of 90 runs off 39 balls.
Updated - Apr 22, 2018 3:38 pm
AB de Villiers is among those batsmen who are nearly impossible to restrict once they get into their groove. He has taken the likes of Dale Steyn to the cleaners, which manifests the brand of cricket the Pretoria-born cricketer resorts to even against the best in the business. More specifically, he can smash the leather of deliveries from the same line and length across the entire circumference of the ground.
It’s the reason why, opposition skipper finds it difficult to set the field as the South African batsman possesses an array of strokes, which is wide enough to manipulate any field and crack any field placement by the captain of the rival team. The batsman also has the ability to clear the ropes at will and at regular intervals, which takes the outfield out of play.
The strategy to stop AB de Villiers
However, Ben Stokes has finally dished out the technique to restrict the belligerence of the Proteas batsman. The infamous underarm delivery by Trevor Chappell, the former Australian fast bowler, to restrict New Zealand’s Brian McKechnie, is still afresh in the memories. The Kiwis required six off the final delivery and Greg Chappell, the Aussie skipper, instructed Trevor to resort to the weird tactic.
Stokes, who is representing the Rajasthan Royals, posted the video of the incident on Twitter and captioned it as the method to stop the Proteas batsman when he goes on a rampage.
Yesterday de Villiers picked the bones out of the Delhi Daredevils attack and smacked 90 runs off 39 balls, which effortlessly helped the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) chase down a mammoth target with a couple of overs to spare, which also fetched him the Man of the Match award.
Here is Stokes’ post:
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) April 21, 2018