Bengaluru: AB de Villiers said it looked tougher than it actually was but his gravity-defying boundary catch during an IPL match was declared "spiderman stuff" by an awestruck India and Bangalore captain Virat Kohli.
RCB defeated Hyderabad by 14 runs last night to keep their play-off hopes alive. The outstanding moment of the match was the one-handed catch that de Villiers took while being airborne at the boundary line to dismiss Alex Hales.
"AB's catch was spiderman stuff, you don't do that as normal human beings. His shots still leave me in awe, the fielding unbelievable," Kohli said in the post-match presentation on Thursday night.
De Villiers, however, sought to play down his clearly remarkable effort of leaping up high before sticking out his right hand at just the right time to grab the ball.
"With the catch, I made it look tougher than it was. It curved away late, luckily it stuck. I got into a bad position," said the maverick batsman, who was adjudged Man of the Match for his 39-ball 69.
Kohli has endured a tough season as captain of RCB but a recent spate of good results has put the team back in the hunt for a knockout berth.
"Now we head to Rajasthan with momentum on our side, the team's feeling great. We're happy with the XI now, it's settled. Teams don't want us to win, looking at the strength, they want us to not win. We sense fear and we pounce," he said.
De Villiers said he continues to be amazed by his popularity in the country, where chants of his name resonate every time he comes out to bat.
"It's an amazing feeling when they chant my name. I look to put pressure on the bowlers. I'm human after all. If I get one or two away, I have momentum going my way. It'd be great to make the knockouts," he said.
"Lots have got to happen. We have to win the next game, then it comes down to run rates."