Top 3 AB de Villiers knocks for RCB
Any adjective one can think of to describe AB de Villiers would fall short of doing justice to the genius that he is. De Villiers, who played for the Delhi Daredevils until 2010, was snared away by the Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of the 4th edition of the Indian Premier League. Ever since his first innings for the franchise where he helped the team cross the line against Kochi Tuskers Kerala, de Villiers and Royal Challengers Bangalore have formed an unbreakable bond. The Bangalore loyals treat AB De Villiers as their own and de Villiers considers Bangalore his second home. Such is the bond between the two.
Over the past ten seasons, AB de Villiers has provided some of the most memorable moments for the Bangalore crowd. We undertake the unenviable, to the extent of impossible task of choosing three of his best knocks for RCB.
The genius of AB de Villiers is hard to describe in words
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Lions, May 14 2016
RCB needed a victory in this game against top of the table Gujarat Lions to stay in the league. This was a season in which getting into to the qualifiers could also be a matter of net run rate. The duo of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers did not disappoint the Bangalore crowd. De Villiers and Virat’s record-breaking 229-run partnership had dismantled the Gujarat Lions bowling line-up. AB De Villiers had broken the will of the opposition bowlers with a 52-ball 129. RCB won the game by 144 runs which not only gave RCB the points, but also propelled the net run rate to the tournament’s best.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians, May 10 2015
If one needed an example of perfection and the pinnacle of batting, one need not look beyond the showing AB de Villiers put out in front of a capacity Wankhede crowd. The knock in which all of De Villiers’ 360 degree strokes were on display, mesmerised the Mumbai crowd. Such was the greatness of the man that the away crowd cheered and applauded his genius. His 59-ball 133 in which he pummelled the famed Mumbai bowling, guided RCB to a famous away win by 39 runs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad , May 4 2014
The target was 156. The RCB batting were tottering at 95/5 after 14.3 overs. RCB needed 28 from the last two overs. RCB still had hope as long as AB De Villiers was at the crease. He was up against his fellow Protea fast bowler, Dale Steyn. Over the next six deliveries, de Villiers launched Steyn over the fence thrice and smashed another to the boundary. 24 runs came off the over and RCB were home and dry. AB de Villiers had pulled out a victory from the jaws of defeat. The 41-ball 89, had ensured that RCB got a crucial win in the 2014 edition of IPL.