A rare duck for de Villiers

A rare duck for de Villiers

South Africa skipper AB de Villiers has scored a rare duck against Pakistan in the seventh match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Edgbaston, Birmingham. It was his first duck in nearly four years.

de Villiers fell to Imad Wasim by giving a catch to Mohammad Hafeez at point in the fourth ball of 14th over in South Africa’s innings after they elected to bat first. The Proteas were in trouble being 61/3. It was his seventh duck in ODI cricket, and for the first time it was a golden duck.

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The world number one ODI batsman scored his first duck after 1449 days. The previous time he got out on a duck was in last edition of Champions Trophy when he played 9 balls against England in the Semifinal at The Oval on June 19, 2013.

Out of AB’s seven ODI ducks, five of them were in 2007 and four of them came in the World Cup in Caribbean.

The 33-year-old has been struggling for runs in recent times. He had a poor run in IPL. He scored one fifty against England in the second ODI at Southampton, 52. In his team’s first game in Champions Trophy campaign, he fell for 4 runs against Sri Lanka at The Oval.

South Africa will play their final league stage match on June 11 against India. Can Mr. 360 AB return to his form?

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com