AB de Villiers Becomes 2nd Overseas Batsman And Overall 6th Batsman To Score 5000 Runs In IPL
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AB de Villiers Becomes 2nd Overseas Batsman And Overall 6th Batsman To Score 5000 Runs In IPL

AB de Villiers of Royal Challengers Bangalore
AB de Villiers of Royal Challengers Bangalore (Photo: IPL)

Royal Challengers Bangalore keeper-batsman AB de Villiers keeps making records one after the other in IPL. AB de Villiers produced a blinder of a knock on Wednesday against the Delhi Capitals in Ahmedabad, lifting his side to a stiff total in what is expected to be a dewy track. In this process, the right-handed batsman reached 5000 runs in the lucrative, becoming the second overseas and sixth overall player to do so.

AB de Villiers became the second overseas batsman in IPL after David Warner to cross a tally of 5000 runs. Overall, he is behind elite players like Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and Warner. The former South African captain has lived up to the expectations in the current season of the competition as well, delivering the goods when it mattered and under pressure.

AB de Villiers Becomes 2nd Overseas Batsman And Overall 6th Batsman To Score 5000 Runs In IPL
AB de Villiers [Image-IPLT20]
He encountered one such situation in the ongoing match against the Delhi Capitals. The 36-year old walked in when Bangalore lost Glenn Maxwell and needed a partnership to resurrect the innings. He did precisely that, sharing a stand of 54 with Rajat Patidar and going on to slam 23 runs off the final over. In the process, he smashed three fours and five maximums.

AB de Villiers takes three catches behind the stumps:

Harshal Patel of Royal Challengers Bangalore celebrates the wicket of Prithvi Shaw
Harshal Patel of Royal Challengers Bangalore celebrates the wicket of Prithvi Shaw (Photo-IPL)

AB de Villiers has also made a significant difference behind the stumps in the second innings as he played a part in Royal Challengers snaring three scalps. He snaffled catches off Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, and Prithvi Shaw, putting pressure on the Capitals. It would help the three-time finalists to fancy their chances despite Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer at the crease.

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