Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) all-rounder David Wiese made his Pepsi Indian Premier League (IPL) debut against the Mumbai Indians (MI) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday.
He may not have been part of the winning side, but he will be remembered for his impressive performance in his very first match of the IPL in front of a sell-out crowd.
Wiese replaced Sean Abbott for this match against MI, and he did not disappoint his skipper Virat Kohli and the coach. He picked up four important wickets and proved to be the second most economical bowler after Yuzvendra Chahal.
When he came out to bat, RCB was reeling at 119 for 5. He had Ab de Villiers on the other end who was hitting the ball out of the park. He will relish these memories from his first match of the IPL.
"It was quite exciting and I am happy to be on my way. It was fortunate that we had a big total like this to chase because we had no place to get an inch and had to go from ball-one. We had to swing at everything and do our best at it. It worked for me tonight," said Wiese in an interview to the official website of the IPL.
He lauded the way in which de Villiers bludgeoned the cricket ball out of the boundary. "It makes you feel a little bit inadequate as a batsman at times, the way he plays. He is a truly unbelievable player and the best in the world right now. It was an incredible experience batting with him," said Wiese.
Wiese felt fortunate to perform in front of a big crowd. He also said that it is a pleasure to play in front of such an amazing crowd. "The support that RCB have here is unlike anything I have ever seen in the world. It's just unbelievable to have the backing of such a massive crowd and a real pleasure to play for them," added Wiese.