Shane Watson won his third toss in a row for Royal Challengers Bangalore and announced AB de Villiers’ return from injury during their IPL 10 match against Kings XI Punjab on Monday.
RCB raised a few eyebrows when the South African batsman replaced Chris Gayle in the team. However, de Villiers wasn’t as rusty as one would expect him to be after returning from a back injury.
In his first match of this year's IPL, de Villiers proved his importance for RCB's scheme of things in the tournament, with an unbeaten 89 off 46 balls, laced with three fours and nine sixes.
De Villiers’ stunning knock went in vain as Kings XI Punjab beat RCB by eight wickets, however twitter couldn’t help but celebrate the South African maverick’s innings.
Boooooom seriously amazing striking @ABdeVilliers17 best in the business 👏👏— David Warner (@davidwarner31) April 10, 2017
AB De villiers is so good that even the opposition can stand up and simply applaud. But Kings 11 Punjab looking clinical.#KXIPvRCB— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 10, 2017
ABD ABD ABD...!!! If I was a commentator I'd do a mic drop and enjoy the show ... No words can describe @ABdeVilliers17....wow!!🏅— Morne Morkel (@mornemorkel65) April 10, 2017
Incredible is the word to describe @ABdeVilliers17 knock. Don't know if RCB will win, but at he's given his team a fighting chance— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 10, 2017
You may never be able to bat like ABDV...but you can always learn important lessons in humility from the Big Man. Role model. Respect.— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 10, 2017
@ABdeVilliers17 you are ridiculous!! 51 off 16 and the falling over off drive for 6— simon hughes (@theanalyst) April 10, 2017
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