AB De Villiers Enjoys Chai and Street Cricket in India
Former South African cricketer AB de Villiers was seen playing street cricket with fans in Mumbai and more recently spotted sipping tea at a local shop in Maharashtra, India.
The former cricketer, also known as Mr 360 for his renowned batsmanship, has a massive fan following in India and is currently exploring the country.
De Villiers has immersed himself in Indian culture as he is seen to be sitting casually on a chai shop’s steps, just like the locals.
In a photo posted to Instragam by the Australian, he was dressed in a white T-shirt, grey shorts and wearing a cap.
Indian actress Anushka Sharma reacted to AB de Villier’s post with a celebration emoji.
Twitter user, Mufaddal Vohra, shared the cricket legend’s photo on the social site and said:
“AB De Villiers enjoying tea at a local shop in Maharashtra. An absolute humble and down-to-earth character.”
The tweet, along with the photo, which went out on November 9, 2022, went viral and has received more than 75,000 likes.
Another Twitter user commented:
“Finally happy to see ABD with a cup. You made my day!”
A second person said: “No one even identifying him , but he owns streets.”
Whilst a third fan chimed in, expressing:
“Imagine hating this guy, ya’ll won’t see heaven for hating him so unnecessarily.”
A Twitter user gave “legendary” status to the stall De Villiers was pictured:
“That’s not just a local joint but a legendary place named Yezdani.”
AB De Villiers playing street cricket with fans in Mahalaxmi, Mumbai. pic.twitter.com/diVDLx86BH
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) November 7, 2022
This comes after De Villiers was spotted in a video thread shared on Twitter with fans in India playing his sport on the streets of Mumbai.
In the clips posted online, De Villiers was seen practicing some of his iconic cover drives while being surrounded by fans.
He was seen stepping forward and hitting the ball perfectly.
The video footage also showed the hall of fame cricketer having a blast with fans, whilst practicing his keeping and bowling skills.
Twitter went into a frenzy with fans sharing their love for the former cricket star’s skills and humility with one stating:
“Man those kids are so lucky, I also want to meet him but I am in Delhi. Have been a die-hard fan of him and rcb since 2012, it kills me to never be able to meet him, wish I could.”
The athlete came to India after more than a year as he didn’t play in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) after announcing his retirement from international cricket.
The Australian, aged 38, who bowed out from international cricket in 2018, was part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL for many years.
De Villiers scored 8,765 runs in 114 Tests and made 22 centuries and 9,577 runs in 228 One Day Internationals with 25 centuries.