Former South Africa skipper AB de Villiers is one of the most prolific batsmen in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In the fourth season, he was contracted by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for US$1.5 million. He played for the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in the previous seasons. He has been crucial to the successful batting lineup of the RCB.
Mr. 360° has scored three IPL hundreds, two of which have come while playing for RCB.
However, on Thursday, in the IPL 2019 Match 7 between RCB and Mumbai Indians (MI) at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru, ABD broke his unwanted streak of 11 years to create a dismal record.
De Villiers, who was dropped on the first ball he faced, made most of the chance and notched up a well-deserved half-century. He scored a brilliant 70 not-out off just 41 deliveries with the help of 4 fours and 6 sixes but could not take his side to victory. RCB fell short by 6 runs while chasing the MI total of 187/8.
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ABD’s unwanted record
This game was the first in the IPL history where AB de Villiers remained unbeaten during an unsuccessful chase. RCB won 12 games while Delhi Daredevils won three when ABD was unbeaten during a chase in the IPL.