On Monday night, South African superstar AB de Villiers played amazingly well after recovering from an injury. According to him, he himself was surprised with his knock for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.
Due to a back injury, De Villiers missed RCB’s opening two matches, but came back better than ever while launching an assault on the Kings XI Punjab bowling attack, blasting 89 not out from just 46 deliveries.
He contributed more than 60 per cent of Royal Challengers’ total of 148. He hit nine sixes including two high and onto the Holkar Cricket Stadium’s roof.
De Villiers said in the field during the Kings XI innings:
“I did surprise myself and played a few good shots. It’s more of a mental thing than anything else. It’s not like you become a bad player overnight, the rustiness is more self-doubt. (That self-doubt) was there the last few days, I must admit.”
When IPL commentator, Mel Jones, asked him to elaborate on how he handled the dip in confidence. He replied:
“I phoned my wife, telling her that I was doubting myself a bit. She backed me, (told me) to stay calm. She’s on her way here and arriving tomorrow, so I think that was my inspiration.”
He further added laughing:
“I’m getting cheesy now on air!”