Over the years we have seen various tactics from teams to get a specific player out. We have seen players exchanging some heated moments between players, sledging each other harshly on the field. But, what happened on March 1 during New Zealand vs South Africa fourth ODI was a first of its kind.
The Kiwis planned to play De Villiers’ own song ‘Maak Jou Drome Waar’ from an album he co-produced in 2010. His track translates to ‘Make your dreams come true’. The Proteas captain loved the gesture of New Zealand players as the song played on the loudspeaker. But, De Villiers took it sportingly as he could be seen smiling when the song started playing.
After losing the fourth ODI to New Zealand, de Villiers told a leading news publishing website, “I was singing along. 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.”
It’s unfortunate that the broadcasters could not catch de Villiers in the action playing air guitar on his bat. Otherwise, the video would have started making rounds on the internet.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 2, 2017
ABD scored 72 from 59 balls to take his team to a fighting total of 279. He muscled the ball to all the parts of the park. Though, his efforts could not convert into a win for the Proteas. Black Caps opener Martin Guptill played a gem of an innings scoring 180 to take his team home. He struck 11 sixes, not giving South African bowlers a chance to overpower them.