Royal Challengers Bangalore star batsman AB de Villiers admitted that his wife Danielle de Villiers' advice helped him over self-doubt, before his incredible innings against Kings XI Punjab at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.
During KXIP's chase, De Villiers was miked up and was speaking to the commentators about his innings.
Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar asked him about how he was able to get going from his very first game, the South African batsman was quick to admit that it was a mental obstacle more than anything else.
"I did surprise myself. It is a more mental thing than anything else, it’s not like you become a bad player overnight, the rustiness you refer to is more self-doubt, which was there over the last few days. I phoned my wife just before the game telling her that I am doubting myself a bit but I surprised myself and played a few good shots," De Villiers said.
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When asked about what his wife's advice was, he added: "She was actually lying next to my boy, sleeping, when I asked for her advice and she had to call back a few minutes later. She told me that she backs me and to stay calm and that she was on her way, arriving tomorrow, so I think that was the inspiration.”
After missing the first two RCB games due to a back problem, De Villiers made his first start of the season against KXIP on Sunday.
The South Africa batting star smashed a 46-ball 89 which included three fours and nine sixes.