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Karachi Kings left-arm spinner Umer Khan has admitted that his favourite dismissal during the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) was that of South Africa batsman AB de Villiers.
Umer had De Villiers caught by Ravi Bopara at deep square leg for just three runs when the Kings took on the Lahore Qalandars in the fifth match of the competition in Dubai on February 16.
While he also dismissed former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson, who played for the Quetta Gladiators and was the player of the tournament, and ex-New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi, who represented Islamabad United, Umer conceded that getting the wicket of De Villiers was his best moment.
Overall, Umer finished as the joint fourth-highest wicket-taker in the PSL with 15 victims at an average of 16.13.
“Obviously, it was something special to get the wickets of some of the top players in the PSL like Luke Ronchi, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson,” he told PakPassion. “Getting such players out also helped me build a lot of confidence in my abilities as it told me that I had the ability to battle against the best players in the world.
“But if there was one wicket that I will remember for a long time, it has to be that of Lahore Qalandars’ AB de Villiers. I had always wished that I would get a chance to bowl against this great batsman and that is what happened. In fact, not only did I get to bowl to him, but I also took his wicket.
“What is most pleasing is that to get his wicket, I followed the advice of my senior players who told me that AB de Villiers steps back to hit the ball so I should try and cramp him for room, so I followed that plan of action and got the outcome that I wanted.”