IPL 2021: Warner calls AB de Villiers ‘my idol’ after he hits 75* against DC
Royal Challengers Bangalore stalwart AB de Villiers took the cricket fraternity by storm with a magnificent knock against Delhi Capitals at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The right-handed batsman easily dominated the game by taking the attack to the cleaners.
The former Proteas player went on to score his 40th fifty in the Indian Premier League. When the top-order failed to deliver the goods, it was AB de Villiers who steered the team into the comfort zone.
The right-handed batsman scored 75 off 42 balls including 3 boundaries and 5 hits over the fence at a superb strike-rate of 178.57. His quickfire knocked powered RCB to post 171/5 in 20 overs.
In reply, Delhi Capitals lost three key batsmen namely Shikhar Dhawan, Steve Smith and Prithvi Shaw for cheap scores. However, captain Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer played really well but so enough to ace the run-chase.
Both the batsmen scored a half-century but failed to guide their team home as they lost the game by 1 run. AB de Villiers was named the player of the match for his masterful knock.
Following his special knock, Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner took to his official Twitter handle and called AB de Villiers “my idol”. His caption reads: “Legend @AB de Villiers my idol”.
— David Warner (@davidwarner31) April 27, 2021
RCB go on top of the points table with 10 points under their belt. After the match, AB de Villiers who received the man of the match award said: ” The shot over extra cover was certainly one of the best shots, but the one over midwicket off KG was my best one.
I don’t often get him away, but I’m happy I managed to get him away for that one. It’s important to be fresh for every game. I worked out at home and during the quarantine in the hotel room, and now it’s just about managing ourselves throughout the tournament and being fresh when we go out there to play.
We have some experienced heads and some young Indian bowlers who have done well internationally recently. They come in with a lot of confidence. Myself, Virat and Maxi chip in with some help when we can too. I forced myself to say a bit more behind the stumps, thanks to Yuzi who urged me to do it.”