Melbourne Renegades legspinner Cameron Boyce could barely bring himself to speak to AB de Villiers before Sunday's Big Bash League match against Brisbane Heat.
The 30-year-old idolises the South African great so much he would have left the Gabba happy to have just shared a field with the 35-year-old.
Instead he clean-bowled de Villiers for just two with just his second delivery of the match.
That scalp was the start of a man-of-the-match 4-15 haul from his four overs as the Renegades claimed 10 wickets for just 36 runs to dismiss the Heat for 120 and secure a remarkable 44-run victory.
"Honestly I absolutely love the guy," Boyce said.
"He's hands down my favourite cricketer. I try and watch literally everything he plays.
"I met him before the game, he was actually talking to Brendon McCullum and I went up and said g'day to Baz and I was pretty nervous to be fair but, yeah, he introduced himself.
"It's just really nice to be able to play against guys like that. They bring so much to the competition. They bring the people through the gate, so yeah, it was nice to get it (the wicket)."
Boyce's haul means he's now claimed 76 wickets from 73 BBL appearances - the fourth-most in the tournament's history.
Having made seven T20 appearances for Australia from 2014 to 2016, Boyce feels he's still capable of doing a job for his country.
He's not expecting a call-up, especially given Australia's recent form, but having claimed eight wickets at 19.00 with an economy rate of 6.60 in international cricket, Boyce feels he's proven his capable at the highest level.
"The games that I did play for Australia, I feel like I bowled really well," Boyce said.
"My record says that but the guys are flying at the moment now so anyone that's trying to crack that team it's obviously really going to be very hard.
"As I said last year, you never know. Do I think it's going to happen? Probably not, but I feel like I'm bowling really well so if they come knocking I'm not going to say no am I?"
Australian Associated Press