AB will find it hard to get back

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AB de Villiers will find it difficult getting back into the Delhi Daredevils first XI now that Paul Collingwood has joined the team after completing his international commitments with England.

The England Twenty20 captain brings with him his all-round ability and, like De Villiers, is an outstanding fielder. He made an immediate impact scoring 53 in his first game on Monday night against the Kolkata Knight Riders at Freoz Shah Kotla Stadium.

The South African had been in the Delhi first XI since the beginning of the tournament but did not make full use of his opportunities and was dropped for Monday night’s game.

De Villiers’s only major contribution for the Daredevils was a 45 against the Royals Challengers Bangalore and in seven visits to the crease, he has accumulated only 107 runs at 17.83 and a strike-rate of 95.53.

With only four foreigners allowed in the starting line-up of each team, De Villiers may have to put up with carrying the drinks for the remainder of the competition.

Meanwhil, another South African, Jean-Paul Duminy, who was bought at the 2009 auction by the Mumbai Indians for $950 000 and who is the highest-paid Proteas player in the IPL, has been kicking his heels on the sidelines.

Duminy arrived here with an injured hand and recovered after a week. But by that time the Mumbai Indians had found a settled side that included their four internationals in Sanath Jayasuriya, who has subsequently been dropped, Dwayne Bravo, Ryan McLaren and Lasith Malinga.

Kieron Pollard, who cost the Mumbai Indians $750 000 at the 2010 auction, was drafted into the side the moment he arrived from the West Indies and has made an immediate impact.

Duminy, like De Villiers, will probably sit out for a long time or may not get game-time going into the ICC World T20 in the Caribbean at the end of April.

Other South Africans sitting out on the fringes are Yusuf Abdulla, who played only two games for the struggling Kings XI Punjab, Makhaya Ntini, who has not played a game yet for the Chennai Super kings, Justin Kemp, also on the Super Kings books but who is injured, Morne Morkel, who is with the Rajasthan Royals, Dillon du Preez and Roeloef van der Merwe, both with the Royals Challengers Bangalore.

Meanwhile, changing a winning combination proved to be their undoing as the Kolkata Knight Riders crashed to a 40-run defeat at the hands of a resurgent Delhi Daredevils in the DL Indian Premier League at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Monday night.

It was the Daredevils’ first win at home this season after successive losses to the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings and a richly deserved one as they played a better brand of Twenty-20 cricket as opposed to the disjointed effort from the Knight Riders, who slumped further down the table.

The Daredevils have moved up to joint second place.

Source: IOL.co.za – March 30 2010 / IQBAL KHAN

AB mic’d up in IPL – DD vs DC

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Is it a bird, is it a plane? No … it’s AB

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Proteas star AB de Villiers lit up the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Thursday when he pulled off an astonishing catch in the outfield to help lead his team, the Delhi Daredevils, to victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The 26-year-old, fielding at long on, flung himself into the air to take a one-handed catch, landing inches inside the boundary ropes, to get rid of Praveen Kumar in the 18th over and virtually seal the match for his side.

The crowd at Bangalore’s home ground, the Chinnaswamy Stadium, rose to applaud his effort, which was replayed over and over on television and has already been dubbed one of the greatest catches in the three-year history of the IPL.

Earlier, De Villiers helped steer the Daredevils to a respectable score after the top order toppled, contributing 45 to his side’s total of 183/4.

In reply, the Challengers floundered against excellent fielding by the Daredevils, who won in the end by 17 runs and saw them climb up to fourth spot on the eight-team IPL standings.

Source: IOL.co.za – March 26, 2010 / ALISON DE VILLIERS

AB confident of Delhi’s prospects

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The Delhi boys are in trouble and their lot is not improved by the fact that they take on a smoking hot Bangalore outfit.

While Delhi are down in the dumps, the official website of the event has AB de Villiers, one of the team’s foreign stars, waxing eloquent about how the tournament is breaking all previous records.

“All the world’s most successful companies focus all their efforts on improving their performance year after year, constantly raising the bar and setting new standards… The same principle applies to this tournament.”

According to De Villiers, there are three reasons why the event has become bigger.

“The contest is closer and more unpredictable… it really is true that, on any given day, any of the eight teams can beat anybody.” He looked at the Punjab and Rajasthan teams “… they may have won only one of their first four matches, but they certainly have more than enough quality in their squads to win any match. De Villiers also says that the competition is packed with more top quality players.

“You really feel that when you’re fielding… against almost any team, you get a wicket and out comes another big gun batsman, you get another wicket and out comes another big gun, and another big gun… the depth in talent is really extraordinary.

“The atmosphere at the grounds is better than ever… a combination of the flags and the fireworks, the presentation of the teams and the sheer exuberance and knowledge of cricket supporters throughout India create an almost perfect environment for cricketers… the vibe is consistently fantastic.”

But the South African has no misconceptions about how his side is placed. “Having said all this… it could be going a little better! We opened with two wins, but three consecutive defeats have left us with not much room for error in the rest of the tournament.

“We worked our way into a decent position against Hyderabad on Sunday, but we could not close out the win.”

The last sentence seems to be the most frequent phrase for the side. For all the success of the event, the fortunes of the Delhi outfit are dependant on De Villiers and the other stars coming good. Otherwise, this could well be a pretty and trying tournament for them.

Source: ESPN Star – March 25, 2010

New KFC advertisement featuring AB

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