AB de Villiers led his team the Eagles to win the inauguration edition of the 3TCricket Solidarity cup. The former Proteas captain feels delighted to be the part of the tournament which marked the return of cricket in South Africa.
The inventive tournament raised over three million rands and among which 2.5 million rands will go to THE HARDSHIP FUND, a Cricket South Africa initiative to help all those from the cricket community who are enduring hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus hiatus has led financial crises all around the world amid this the fun raised from the 3TCricket tournament will be a great help, believes AB de Villiers.
He said that the tournament’s motive was to show that we stand in unity for the country.
“There were obviously more important things out there, getting out and playing, doing it for solidarity in South Africa and showing that we can stick together as a nation. That to me was what it was ultimately all about. What does make me the happiest is the funds we raised, that is the cherry on the cake,” De Villiers said in a statement.
AB de Villiers on 3TCricket Competition:
AB de Villiers hammered 61 runs off 24 deliveries as the Takealot Eagles bagged gold, winning the competition. The Kites was silver medalist while the Kingfisher won the bronze.
De Villiers opined that he had a lot of fun during the tournament. As he rested after an extended period, the attacking batsman that he felt a bit scratchy early on but soon found the rhythm that saw him hit the ball to all corners of the SuperSport Park.
“We had a lot of fun out there, there were lots of runs, catches and wickets. It was quick, fast and fun, which is exactly what I expected of the format and that is what we got,” De villiers said.
“I had a few nets leading up to this game, so I was not completely cold. I was just trying to stick to the basics and and see the ball out of the bowlers’ hand. So I was quite surprised that a couple came out of the middle. It was scratchy early on but once I got going, it was like riding the bike again, which I missed so badly,” he added.
Talking in brief about the match, Aiden Markram (70 off 33 balls) and AB de Villiers (61 off 24 balls) slammed respective half-centuries as Eagles (160/4 in 12 overs) got the better of Kites (138/3) and Kingfishers (113/5) by a comfortable margin.