In his coloumn for TOI recently, the Delhi Daredevils captain Gautam Gambhir has made a remark that in their current devastating form AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle can do anything. Both have been outstanding for their respective sides, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab, so far in the season.
Gambhir wrote, “On current form, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers can even help us decoding GST and its implications. Or, convince the North Korean president from removing that button from that desk, Such was their genius on Saturday that it seemed they were the ones setting fields, then telling bowlers what and where to bowl and finally hit the ball as if ordering a drink. In DD’s case, my inference was that on Saturday we lost the game to De Villiers and not RCB.”
On being at the receiving end of an AB de Villiers special that won the game for RCB the other day. Gambhir praised just how good he is, “From the outside, it may seem mad hitting, but if you look closely, you can spot a method too. When he first came in De Villiers attacked Shahbaz Nadeem with slog-sweeps. To fast, bowlers, he’d jump outside the off stump, form a strong base and hit it anywhere between extra-cover to fine leg. All this with a head so still that you can place a cup of tea on it and go to a toilet. Such was the De Villiers magic that he paled off outstanding knocks by Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer,”
Gambhir is also hopeful of his team bouncing back in the season. He writes, “Personally and also as a team we are struggling. But I am optimistic. There is talent in our dressing room. I was glad to see Chris Morris turning up the heat, the snarl was back. (Glenn) Maxwell is due for a big one, Shreyas is a big tick for us. We are in Delhi now and hopefully, the familiar environs will work,”