Dubai, September 22
South African batsman AB de Villiers says he pleasantly stunned himself by putting type in his very first IPL sport after being out of motion for practically eight months.
De Villiers’ glowing 51-run knock helped Royal Challengers Bangalore submit a combating whole of 163 for 5 towards Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday.
It was his first aggressive T20 sport since he performed for Brisbane Heat in the course of the Big Bash League in January this yr.
“I surprised myself to be honest. We had a competitive game in South Africa (unrecognised 3TC), which was great, gave me a little bit of confidence,” De Villiers, who retired from worldwide cricket in 2018, mentioned after RCB beat SRH by 10 runs right here.
“As a 36-year-old to come here, having not played a lot of cricket, in the middle of some talented youngsters – was a pleasing start. Very happy with the basics, seems to be in place,” he added.
It was being speculated that De Villiers will come out of his retirement to play for South Africa within the T20 World Cup however the match, which was to be hosted by Australia this yr, was postponed because of COVID-19 pandemic.
De Villiers singled out opener Devdutt Padikkal, who smashed a fifty on debut, for particular reward and mentioned that the younger skills on show within the IPL had been “incredible”.
“Padikkal is a shy and quiet man however I haven’t got to say a lot actually, he seems like a extremely good expertise.
“It’s a tough thing to arrive at the IPL. They don’t come more tough than that. The talent is just incredible. Every year there are 19 and 20-year-olds coming through looking like they’ve played international cricket for a long time,” he added. PTI