AB de Villiers plucks off a catch mid air © IANS
AB de Villiers plucks off a catch mid air © IANS

South Africa has produced some of the best fielders in world cricket – Jonty Rhodes, Herschelle Gibbs, Hansie Cronje and AB de Villers. While Rhodes, Gibbs and Cronje were masters in their own rights, de Villiers has carved a niche for himself for being a superhero in the field. One such example came during Royal Challengers Bangalore’s match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018.

De Villiers took a one-handed catch at deep mid wicket to dismiss Alex Hales off Moeen Ali. His catch was praised by Virat Kohli in the post-match ceremony and also on social media. Kohli said: “That was spiderman stuff (about ABD’s catch). You don’t do that as normal human beings. I thought it was going for a six but he pulled it off. He can do freakish things but I am used to it now. His fielding I am pretty used to now. Need to thank the crowd as it is our last home game.”

RCB take on Rajasthan Royals in their last league game on Saturday.