The Royal Challengers Bangalore were having a particularly bad game in the match against the Gujarat Lions. Five players were down in the first six overs with a total of 29. The sixth player went down before the tenth over, with the team at a total of 68.
There were 62 balls left in the match, and the Royal Challengers Bangalore needed another 91 runs to win. The task seemed impossible, and nobody expected the game to turn around. AB de Villiers came up to bat, and his incredible playing brought the team to a victory.
De Villiers has been referred to as “superhuman,” and he clearly deserves the title. De Villiers took Royal Challengers Bangalore to a four wicket win, and a place in the Indian Premier League final.
After de Villiers managed to catch up to, and then beat, the Gujarat Lions total almost single handedly, his entire team ran straight to him as the M Chinnaswamy Stadium was cheering his outstanding achievement.
In an interview after the match, de Villiers said: “To be honest with you, I am just humbled. I didn’t think it was possible to win from there when I started batting and when we were five or six down. I thought ‘Oh, we are in trouble,’ and it was a big mountain to climb from there on. Dhawal Kulkarni bowled a fantastic spell. He almost won the game for them, but it is never over until the last ball is bowled.”
The Royal Challengers Bangalore win against the Gujarat Lions has brought RCB into the IPL final for the third time in the nice years since the IPL has been played. No matter how RCB plays in the final, the team has secured a win in the top two of the 2009 Indian Premier League.
On his lengthy association with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, de Villiers commented: “So many years, people have been saying that we have underperformed, but I always felt that we had a really good team and a good team spirit and character in the side. Unfortunately it never went our way. We would stumble in the wrong time and this year we probably got it right. We stumbled in the beginning but we are on a good rhythm now. I am just happy to give it back to the franchise that has looked after me really well. It is the best franchise for me, no doubt about it.”