How AB de Villiers’ wife inspired him to play a breathtaking knock on IPL comeback

first_imgAB de Villiers came back from an injury and played like he was never away from the game. He did not play any international cricket after June 24, 2016 and returned to action only in January. (IPL 2017: Brilliant AB de Villiers shines on return from injury)The South African run-machine blasted four half-centuries in 10 ODIs on his comeback and looked set to light the Indian Premier League up before a back injury laid him low once again.After missing RCB’s first two matches in IPL 2017 against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils, de Villiers returned to action against Kings XI Punjab. (IPL 2017: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Shane Watson blames himself for defeat against Kings XI Punjab)Even as the rest of the RCB line-up caved in, de Villiers stood firm and smacked nine massive sixes to remain unbeaten on 89 off only 46 balls.Speaking to the commentators during KXIP’s successful chase of RCB’s modest total (despite the ABD fireworks), the Proteas superstar said he surprised himself with his knock. (AB de Villiers returns to show what Royal Challengers Bangalore were missing)How did he not have any kind of rustiness? He had sat out for half of 2016 and has only a handful of matches this year before the IPL.”I surprised myself. It is more a  mental thing than anything else. It’s not like you become a bad player overnight. The rustiness was more self doubt which was there over the last few days,” de Villiers said.Image Courtesy: @ABdeVilliers17 So how did he overcome that mental block? What inspired him to go out and play those big shots again?advertisement”I called my wife before the game (and told her) that I am doubting myself a bit but I surprised myself… I played a few good shots.”She was actually lying next to my boy, sleeping, when I asked her for advise and I had to call back a few minutes later.”She told me that she backs me and asked me to stay calm and she told me that she was on her way just arriving (on Tuesday). So, I think that was the inspiration.”last_img read more