AB de Villiers departs for a duck: KKR all-rounder has completely rejuvenated himself in the last few months. After a terrible performance in IPL 2020 and the last few seasons as well, vintage Andre Russell is finally back with a bang. After a tremendous performance in the Caribbean Premier League 2021, he has continued his form in the second phase of IPL 2021 as well. At least in the first match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, he has impressed everyone with his bowling performance.
Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore were off to a horrific start in their first match after the resumption of IPL 2021. Coming in to bat first, Virat Kohli chose to open alongside RCB’s young prospect Devdutt Padikkal. However, his stay was not long as soon after playing a brilliant cover drive off Lockie Ferguson, he was dismissed by the same bowler courtesy of a beautiful delivery.
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However, the wicket that stole the show was that of RCB’s in-form and most dangerous batsman AB deVilliers. We all know that the South African big-hitter is a monster in the shortest format of the game and he hits sixes out of the park for fun. However, in this match. Andre Russell quite easily got the better off him with a pin-[perfect yorker, which was quite uncharacteristic of AB de Villiers. On a good day, the South African is capable of converting good deliveries like this into sixes but Russell’s yorker was so accurate that deVilliers had no answer to it. Mr. 360 thus had to depart for a duck, shocking every cricket enthusiast seeing the match.
Andre Russell man-handles AB de Villiers with a Beautiful Yorker
An interesting statistic that came out after the dismissal though, showed that AB de Villiers stands second on the list of Foreign or overseas players with most ducks in the Indian Premier League with 10 ducks. His RCB teammate Glen Maxwell tops the list with 11 ducks in IPL over the years.