The IPL has been an optimal medium to connect overseas stars with their Indian fans. For instance, Mike Hussey during his IPL stint admitted that he found more affection in Chennai than Australia. Like Hussey, there have been several cases of overseas players finding great love and affection in India. The case of AB De Villiers fits the bill too, as wherever the South African goes; chants of “ABD”, “ABD” follow him.
South Africa’s wicketkeeper and Delhi Daredevils opener Quinton De Kock has been the most recent case of a foreigner being appreciated by Indians to a colossal height. De Kock, who scored a resplendent ton against Royal Challengers Bangalore in this season, has found tremendous support in India so far, and he is all over the moon. In a chat with cricket.com.au, De Kock admitted that due to the fans’ association with the game, it was difficult to find personal space in India.
“It is easier said than done, though,” de Kock said. “Unlike international cricket, finding personal space during the IPL is very tough, because there are just so many photographs and selfie requests to cater to. “There is just too much attention because obviously this is an important tournament for the people here. But it is nothing like I have seen anywhere else.”
Adding to his team’s chances in the tournament, he said, “Hopefully we can get to the play-offs after the good first half we have had.” “Then, of course, we will re-assess. “A tournament like this has different stages, and you have to take it day by day. So, right now, it is about qualifying for the play-offs. We need to keep things simple and stay calm as a group as well as individually.”
Elaborating on his aggressive batting style, De Kock said, “I am not a big six-hitter and I prefer to find the gaps,” he said about the first hundred scored in this 2016 IPL. “Batting up the order helps me use the pace of the fast bowlers and it helps me get boundaries, which is better than playing spinners for a single run I think. “From the start of the innings, the whole team thought that total was achievable. It wasn’t just me alone, but all boys thought that 190-odd was a par score on that small ground in Bangalore.”