AB de Villiers, a day after playing a match-winning knock against Kolkata Knight Riders, took to Twitter to ace the ‘break the beard’ challenge. The former South African batsman tweeted a video flaunting his new look with his followers. This ‘break the beard’ challenge has become quite a popular trend on the social media, including several Indian Premier League (IPL) stars. Before de Villiers, Mumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya and KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik had aced this challenge.
De Villiers, in his post, didn’t nominate anyone specifically to take on the challenge but tagged a few of his IPL rivals, including childhood friend Faf du Plessis. The explosive batsman also wrote that he “can’t wait to see who picks up this baton next”.
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) October 13, 2020
“Change is the only constant” they say. Took this thought a bit seriously and decided to sport a new style! What say @dk00019 @kieron.pollard55 @fafdup @krunalpandya_official.Can’t wait to see who picks up this baton next! #BreakTheBeard #ipl202 @break_the_beard,” de Villiers tweeted, along with the video.
De Villiers played a key role as RCB defeated KKR to register their fifth win of the season on Monday. On a slow Sharjah wicket where most batsmen struggled to find their feet, de Villiers was at his fiery best and smashed a quick-fire half-century, scoring 73 not out off just 33 balls.
His “super-human knock” as described by the RCB skipper Virat Kohli helped them shrug off a slow start and post an imposing total of 194/2 in 20 overs.
Chasing the big total, the KKR batters succumbed under pressure and were restricted to 112/9, thus suffering a massive 82-run defeat.
With the win, RCB climbed to the third spot, collecting same number of points as leaders Mumbai Indians and second-placed side Delhi Capitals.
RCB will next face Kings XI Punjab in their next game, who had defeated them by 97 runs in the last meeting earlier this season.
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