Bengaluru: There are good fielders, there are great fielders and then there’s AB de Villiers. The South African superstar, who enjoys a lot of love and appreciation in India, grabbed a one-handed stunner during Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) win against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) here on Thursday.
While the social media and the commentators were left awestruck, Virat Kohli, amongst the other RCB members, could not believe their eyes at ABD’s Superman clubbed into Spiderman-like adventures near the boundary rope to help Moeen Ali dismiss Alex Hales.
It looked certain that the ball would land outside the boundary rope on the leg-side…untill ABD arrived, rather leapt. The ball was swirling away from him as ABD jumped. He then pulled out his right to hold onto the ball and plucked the ball out of thin air. His foot was near the rope but well, with ABD you know everything will be in sync even as you know that it’s logic defying and comes with a statutory warning of “Don’t try this at home, school or anywhere else”.
When Kohli was asked about AB de Villiers stunner, he said, “That was Spiderman stuff (about ABD's catch). You don't do that as normal human beings. I thought it was going for a six but he pulled it off. I though it was going for a six, but he pulls it out, then the jump and then the balance. I mean he can do freakish things but I am used to it now. His shots still leave me in awe but his fielding I am pretty used to now.”
Kohli later took to Twitter to laud his RCB teamamter and one of the legends of the game.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 17, 2018
ABD, meanwhile, was rather candid, discussing his catch.
“I made it look better than actually it was. Got into a bad position, the ball had a bit of a curve on it. The minute I took the jump, I realised a little bit of my body was outside. I just had to put that right and luckily it stuck,” said ABD.
Twitter, meanwhile, went into meltdown.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2018
— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) May 17, 2018
From now onwards every good fielder should be awarded with the AB De Villiers Prize.#RCBvSRH
— Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) May 17, 2018
Suggest some medicine which can stop me from falling in love with AB De Villiers
— EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) May 17, 2018
Hey @BCCI ! Please just give the IPL trophy to AB De Villiers for this catch !!
— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) May 17, 2018
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) May 17, 2018
— subramani badrinath (@s_badrinath) May 17, 2018
Part of a epic match last night,although ended up on a losing side but witnessed some great skills from both the team , is there a better Batsman then Kane Williamson across all the format? And that catch by abd?
— Shreevats goswami (@shreevats1) May 18, 2018
Ab de Villiers is not human. I repeat he is not human. pic.twitter.com/hz39X9pJJK
— Brandon Spence (@TheRealBSpence) May 17, 2018
Greatest ever human to be created. Gifted is a damn understatement. AB de Villiers was flying. FLYING. Unreal skill set.
— samreen (@_whatsinaname) May 17, 2018
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