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AB de Villiers on song after New Zealand’s unique ploy to rattle Proteas batsman

The ground announcers in Hamilton decided to try out a new technique to rattle AB De Villers during the fourth ODI encounter between South Africa and New Zealand.

cricket Updated: Mar 02, 2017 16:56 IST
HT Correspondent
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South Africa's captain AB de Villiers bats during the second one-day international (ODI) cricket match against New Zealand.(AFP)

AB De Villiers has been enjoying a great run of form lately and it is no surprise that New Zealand cricketers have singled him out to be the biggest threat in the ongoing ODI series. However, on Wednesday, it was the ground announcers in Hamilton who decided to try out a new technique to rattle the Proteas batsman.

During the fourth match of the series, the staff at Seddon Park blasted the South Africa skipper’s own song ‘Maak Jou Drome Waar’ on the loudspeaker during a break in play when de Villiers was at the crease. The song, which translates from Afrikaans to Make Your Dreams Come True, was a hit single by De Villiers which was released in 2010.

However, the plan was not effective as De Villiers scored an unbeaten 72 off 59 balls to set up the demanding total of 279-8. Although Martin Guptill guided the Kiwis to a sensational win on the day, AB De Villiers made it a point to thank the organisers for playing his song during the match.

“I was singing along,” de Villiers said with a laugh after play. “No one picked it up but I was actually playing a bit of air guitar on my bat as well. I thought I’d be on the highlights package.

“I love it. They’ve got to do it more often”, he added.

This is not the first time that De Villiers’ musical side has made news as he was featured in a video released on Indian Premier League (IPL) side Royal Challengers Bangalore’s official YouTube channel, where he sang Ronan Keating’s ‘When You Say Nothing At All’ with his wife Danielle.

De Villiers also shared the stage with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan during a show in Durban where he sang the song “Yeh Dosti” from the movie “Sholay”.

First Published: Mar 02, 2017 16:56 IST