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I surprised myself: De Villiers

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Norma Godinho
September 22, 2020 15:07 IST
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'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'

AB de Villiers scored 51 off 30 balls

IMAGE: AB de Villiers scored 51 off 30 balls. Photograph: BCCI

Royal Challengers Bangalore veteran AB de Villiers was "surprised" to find form in the side's IPL opener after being out of action for five months due to the coronavirus-induced break.

His sparkling fifty – 51 off 30 balls -- helped RCB to get to 163 for five Sunrisers Hyderabad.

 

"I surprised myself, to be honest. We had a competitive game in South Africa, which was great, gave me a little bit of confidence," De Villiers, who retired from international cricket in 2018, said after RCB beat SRH by 10 runs in Dubai.

"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.

De Villiers singled out opener Devdutt Padikkal, who smashed a fifty on debut, for special praise and said that the young talents on display in the IPL are "incredible".

"Padikkal is a shy and quiet guy but I don't have to say much really, he looks like a really good talent.

"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.

 

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