Twitter left befuddled as AB de Villiers misses the game against KKR
De Villiers is currently third on the list of highest run-getters this season.
Updated - Apr 29, 2018 8:44 pm
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) locked horns at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on a super Sunday. Both the teams had suffered losses in their respective previous games and need a win to get their season back on track. The hosts must have been surely banking on their in-form player AB de Villiers to go bonkers with the form he is in this year. However, the skipper Virat Kohli shocked everyone when he informed that the champion South African cricketer was not playing as he was not feeling well.
De Villiers’ absence forced RCB to rethink their strategy and they brought about around 4 changes to their side for the game. Brendon McCullum was drafted into the playing XI at the expense of Corey Anderson while Tim Southee also made his debut for the franchise. Moreover, they lost the toss as well and once again the onus is on the batsmen to post a good total so that their struggling bowlers can defend it.
De Villiers’ form
AB de Villiers has been in great form this season and has won them a couple of games which are the only victories for RCB this season so far. He has so far scored 280 runs in six innings and is currently third on the list of the highest run-getters. Interestingly, the Superman from South Africa has scored all his runs at a trailblazing strike rate of 184.21. He has torn apart the bowlers on his day and was unfortunate to miss out on this crucial game. The way he has been moving in his crease just reminds of his prime and De Villiers has almost reached the same level this year.
Twitterati, however, was left heartbroken after they came to know about him missing the game. The crowd was in the Stadium to watch the special knock from him and their skipper Virat Kohli. But they will have to pray that the likes of Quinton de Kock and Brendon McCullum also work their magic in order to win them the match.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) April 29, 2018
No AB….get well soon @ABdeVilliers17 and stay away from parties
— Jasveer Singh Kharra (@imjsk27) April 29, 2018
Without the in form @ABdeVilliers17 out with a flu it will be hugely important for @RCBTweets that @imVkohli and @QuinnyDeKock69 play a real part. And Southee is a very good inclusion. They needed death bowling.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) April 29, 2018
AB De Villiers is not playing due to sickness….. lagta hai usko loo lag gayi hai#RCBvKKR
— Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) April 29, 2018
ABD is sick and took a call that he won't play.
Dear @ABdeVilliers17, hum Fantasy players ka khayal nahi aaya?
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) April 29, 2018
— Mohsin Sheikh (@mohsinsheikh88) April 29, 2018
— Romantic SRKian (@KingAwaisSrkian) April 29, 2018
— Tiilooo 2.0 (@KasamCinemaaki) April 29, 2018