Bengaluru: Former South African batsman AB de Villiers on Monday (April 27) revealed the “most precious” memory with his Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) teammate and captain Virat Kohli.

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On his Instagram account, De Villiers wrote that he and Kohli had put up their IPL cricket gears on auction to raise funds to fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. He said the funds will be used in India and South Africa.

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“Cricket has given me many incredible memories - and, among the most precious, stands the partnership with @virat.kohli , playing for RCB and against Gujarat Lions in 2016 (sic),” De Villiers started his post.

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The match he was talking about happened in IPL 2016 at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium when both De Villiers and Kohli hit centuries as RCB thrashed Gujarat Lions (GL) by 144 runs. The duo had a 229-run partnership. De Villiers hit 129 (55 balls, 10x4, 12x6) and Kohli made 109 (55 balls, 5x4, 8x6). RCB posted 248/3 in 20 overs.

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Recently, the duo spoke about this during the live session on Instagram and it was revealed that they will donate the cricket gears used from that match.

Here is the full post written by AB de Villiers on his Instagram account.

“Cricket has given me many incredible memories - and, among the most precious, stands the partnership with @virat.kohli , playing for RCB and against Gujarat Lions in 2016.

“Everything clicked on what was a truly unforgettable night at the IPL. The capacity crowd at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium were going crazy, and we both scored centuries in a partnership of 229 runs from 96 balls. More importantly, RCB won the match by 144 runs.

“Now we find ourselves in a global crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, and Virat and I would like to help people in need, people struggling to put food on the table.

“So we are donating some of the key items from that special day in 2016 - Virat’s bat and gloves, my shirt and bat - and creating one unique auction item, on the Bid or Buy online platform(link in my bio-type key words in the search button to find the piece). All money raised will be donated to charities supporting people most severely affected by the crisis, split 50/50 between charities working in SA and India.

“Immediately after the auction closes on 10 May, 2020, I will personally contact the winner and make arrangements for the package to be delivered to your home.

“Take care and stay safe.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cricket has given me many incredible memories - and, among the most precious, stands the partnership with @virat.kohli , playing for RCB and against Gujarat Lions in 2016. Everything clicked on what was a truly unforgettable night at the IPL. The capacity crowd at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium were going crazy, and we both scored centuries in a partnership of 229 runs from 96 balls. More importantly, RCB won the match by 144 runs. Now we find ourselves in a global crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, and Virat and I would like to help people in need, people struggling to put food on the table. So we are donating some of the key items from that special day in 2016 - Virat’s bat and gloves, my shirt and bat - and creating one unique auction item, on the Bid or Buy online platform(link in my bio-type key words in the search button to find the piece). All money raised will be donated to charities supporting people most severely affected by the crisis, split 50/50 between charities working in SA and India. Immediately after the auction closes on 10 May, 2020, I will personally contact the winner and make arrangements for the package to be delivered to your home. Take care and stay safe.

A post shared by AB de Villiers (@abdevilliers17) on Apr 27, 2020 at 12:28am PDT