AB de Villiers has stunned fans and fellow players with one of the most remarkable catches in cricket history.
The South African great was fielding on the boundary during his Royal Challengers Bangalore’s clash with Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL on Thursday.
And he was called into action when Englishman Alex Hales smashed a slog sweep in his direction.
The ball looked destined for six, until De Villiers jumped into the air to take an incredible one-handed screamer.
Not only did he have to time his jump and catch to perfection, he also had to make sure his feet didn’t hit the boundary rope upon landing, which he also managed to pull off.
Bangalore captain Virat Kohli looked gobsmacked on the field, and later described the catch as ‘inhuman’.
“That was Spiderman stuff,” Kohli said. “You don’t do that as normal human beings.”
“I thought it was going for a six and then he pulls it out. Then the jump and the balance.
“He can do freakish things. I’m used to it now.
“His shots still leave me in awe but his fielding I am pretty used to and that was fun to watch.”
Kohli also took to social media after the game with more praise.
And Kohli wasn’t the only one in awe of course, with the cricket world going nuts on social media:
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2018
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) May 17, 2018
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadejaaaa) May 17, 2018
Ab de Villiers is not human. I repeat he is not human. pic.twitter.com/hz39X9pJJK
— Brandon Spence (@TheRealBSpence) May 17, 2018
— Siddharth Nair (@siddhnair) May 17, 2018
Hey @BCCI ! Please just give the IPL trophy to AB De Villiers for this catch !!
— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) May 17, 2018
That catch strengthens the theory that AB de Villiers is from some other planet.
— LOLendra Singh (@LOLendraSingh) May 17, 2018
— Dee ツ (@Tomlinstalent) May 17, 2018
The floor is mediocrity
Ab De Villiers : pic.twitter.com/ciFqIXJaSJ
— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) May 17, 2018
— Kaka (@i_kaka10) May 17, 2018
From now onwards every good fielder should be awarded with the AB De Villiers Prize.#RCBvSRH
— Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) May 17, 2018
the way cricbuzz describe's ab de villiers catch pic.twitter.com/pkc2elsqRU
— Suraj ramteke (@cric_champ) May 17, 2018
— Vinay (@SemperFiUtd) May 17, 2018
And it’s not the first time De Villiers has left Kohli in awe during this IPL season.
He also brought out a hilarious reaction from the Indian skipper with this unbelievable shot earlier in the tournament:
De Villiers also scored 69 to power Bangalore to 6-218.
Hyderabad then stayed in the game until the last over before finishing 14 runs short.