The independent voice of cricket


‘Thank you for your contribution’ — Parvinder Awana posts video of him dismissing AB de Villiers in bizarre retirement tribute

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

On a day when the cricketing world united to celebrate the retiring AB de Villiers, former India quick Parvinder Awana paid a bizarre tribute on social media, posting a video of him clean bowling the South African legend during an IPL game eight years ago.

Awana took to Twitter to upload the 10-second clip, in which he dismissed AB de Villiers during a game between Punjab Kings (then Kings XI Punjab) and Royal Challengers Bangalore that was held at Bengaluru in 2013. Batting first, RCB were well placed at 159-2 with nine balls left when de Villiers walked out to bat. The wicketkeepe-batter smashed the first ball that he faced off the bowling of Awana for a six but the bowler had the last laugh as he clean bowled him in the very next delivery.

The video uploaded by Awana had the caption, “Thank you @ABdeVilliers17 for your contribution to cricket.”


The bizarre tribute was criticised heavily on the social media platform. Awana picked up 30 IPL wickets in 33 games and also played two T20Is for the country.


Have Your Say

Become a Wisden member

  • Exclusive offers and competitions
  • Money-can’t-buy experiences
  • Join the Wisden community
  • Sign up for free
Latest magazine

Get the magazine

12 Issues for just £39.99