Former South African great, AB de Villiers took no time to prove his worth in the Big Bash League (BBL) as he took a stunning catch by diving forward on his debut. The catch which De Villiers took at short extra cover to dismiss Jonathan Wells for 14 runs helped his Brisbane Heat teammate James Pattinson complete his five-wicket haul.
The match commentators were left ecstatic with AB de Villiers’ effort as one of them said, “leading commentary again, AB welcome to the heat, takes the catch, Jimmy Pattison has five”. Here is the video of the stunner:
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De Villiers was received his maiden Brisbane Heat cap from the former Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds. His BBL debut came against the Adelaide Strikers. The former South Africa captain was lured to Brisbane by skipper Chris Lynn as they were together in the IPL but in different teams in the Indian domestic T20 league. De Villiers said he was excited to bat with the six-hitting sensation for the first time.
Talking about his debut, De Villiers said, “It could be interesting, I don’t know what to expect. We know each other from chatting at IPL but it’s an interesting dynamic with two players at the crease, it either works or it doesn’t. I’ve got a feeling it’s going to work and be very nice to watch. Hopefully, I’ll do most of the watching at the non-striker’s end.”
De Villiers also said he feels the same kind of pressure no matter which tournament or match he is playing at. From 304 T20s, de Villiers has amassed 8511 runs at an average of 37.49 with four tons and 61 half-centuries.