Web Desk: AB de Villiers seems to make it a habit of being spectacular in whatever he does on a cricket field and the talismanic South African’s gravity-defying catch in Indian Premier League (IPL) match only added to his legend.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad’s chase was into its eighth over when their English opener Alex Hales launched spinner Moeen Ali into the night sky at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium for what looked like his fourth six.
Patrolling the deep mid-wicket boundary, de Villiers, however, believed and proved otherwise.
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Known for his superb athleticism, the South Africa leapt high and instinctively stretched out his right hand to pluck the ball swirling away from him.
“That was Spiderman stuff, you don’t do that as normal human beings,” Bangalore captain Virat Kohli gushed at the presentation ceremony.
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However his skipper Virat Kohli was visibly stunned and later hailed the piece of brilliance.
“I thought it was going for a six and then he pulls it out… He can do freakish things. I’m used to it now.
Famed for his 360-degree batting and an uncanny ability to conjure up shots that amuse the fans and bemuse the opposition, de Villiers made a breezy 69 in Bangalore’s 14-run win against the table-toppers to keep his team in the IPL playoff race.
Compatriot and former South Africa batsman Jonty Rhodes called the catch “insane”, high praise coming from the fielding great, but de Villiers was his modest self when describing the moment.
“I made it look better than it was,” the 34-year-old said after being adjudged man-of-the-match.
“I got in a bad position. The ball had a little bit curve on it. The minute I took the jump, I realised it was a little bit outside of my body… Luckily it stuck.”
Cricket pundits and fans were in agreeance, with some even declaring it the greatest cricket catch ever.