AB de Villiers in mid-air as he holds on for an incredible catch for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL on Thursday. Photo: @IPL via Twitter

CAPE TOWN – A few years ago, we thought we won’t see much of AB de Villiers on a cricket field anymore.

Married life and fatherhood became the most important aspects of his life, but after a lengthy break, the Proteas star is back to his astonishing best.

After playing a leading role in South Africa’s 3-1 triumph over Australia in the recent Test series, De Villiers has continued on his merry way for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

He’s been in fine form with the bat, and scored another sparkling 69 off just 39 balls (12x4, 1x6) for RCB against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday.

But this time, it was about another magic trick De Villiers performed in the field that left the cricket world amazed by his brilliance.

English opener Alex Hales swung hard at a Moeen Ali delivery, and it looked like it was going all the way for six over midwicket.

But Hales didn’t reckon with De Villiers, who leaped into the air and took an unbelievable one-handed catch that had the home crowd at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on their feet.

 

Hales was gone for 34 off 26 balls, and it played a vital part in RCB winning by 14 runs in the end.

“Saw #SpiderMan Live today!” tweeted RCB teammate Virat Kohli about De Villiers’ superb grab.

Moeen told the IPL website: “It was obviously an unbelievable catch, one of the best I’ve ever seen. When he (Hales) hit it, I thought ‘Six’. But with AB, they’ve always got a chance and, what a grab. He is an amazing fielder and everyone knows that.”

 

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