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“Make sure the ball hits the bat and not your body”

Former South African batter AB de Villiers has opened up on how he managed to hit a excessive full toss from Mohammed Shami through the Indian Premier League 2019 version for a exceptional one-handed six.

De Villiers candidly admitted that he had no thought of how he pulled off the stroke, including that each one he wished to make sure was that the ball did not hit his physique, as that will have harm him badly.

Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) by 17 runs within the forty second sport of IPL 2019 on the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. RCB posted 202-4 batting first, with De Villiers hammering an outstanding 82* off 44.

Within the nineteenth over of the innings, the Proteas legend slammed Shami for 3 consecutive sixes, one among them off an awkwardly excessive full toss. In a Q&A session on his YouTube channel, De Villiers was requested about how he pulled off that stroke.

“I very clearly keep in mind that cleared the stadium and went into Cubbon Park. It’s loopy as a result of it was one of many greatest sixes I’ve hit in my life. It was really only a response. I actually tried to cease the ball from not hitting me.

“It was heading right into a harmful space across the throat. That would have been very painful if I had missed that. My thoughts simply advised me, no matter you do, ensure the ball hits the bat and never your physique,” he replied.


De Villiers struck three fours and 7 sixes in his splendid knock, whereas Parthiv Patel (43 off 24) and Marcus Stoinis (46* off 34) additionally made useful contributions.

“I’ll give him the good thing about the doubt” – De Villiers on whether or not Shami bowled excessive full toss on objective

Elaborating on the awkward supply from Shami, De Villiers didn’t reckon the Indian pacer did it on objective, giving him the good thing about the doubt.

“I can’t inform you why it went thus far. Shami is kind of quick, bowls round 140 kph.

“I don’t know if it was on objective or not. I do know Shami fairly effectively. I’ll give him the good thing about the doubt. I used to be actually pleased with that six. It was a really pleasant knock,” he added.


Chasing 203, Punjab had been restricted to 185-7 as Umesh Yadav claimed 3-36 and Navdeep Saini 2-33.

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Edited by Renin Wilben Albert

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