AB's BBL impact already felt on Brisbane

AB de Villiers has had an immediate impact on his Brisbane Heat teammates with Matthew Renshaw admitting it was surreal to bat with the South African star.

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AB de Villiers wants to "leave a legacy" in the Brisbane Heat dressing rooms.

Matthew Renshaw's reaction after their match-winning partnership on Tuesday indicates it may have only taken him two days to do it.

The South African touched down in Brisbane on Sunday night, trained on Monday and on Tuesday walked onto the Gabba and smoked the first ball he faced through cover for four.

He finished with 40 off 32, entering at 2-11 and departing with a win against Adelaide all but assured.

Former Test opener Renshaw finished 52 not out and couldn't hide his glee after sharing in a 77-run stand with the new recruit.

"It was pretty surreal," the 23-year-old said.

"A few of the shots he played ... I was just in awe of the back foot punch over cover (off world No.1 T20 bowler Rashid Khan).

"It was unbelievably beautiful - I was pretty excited about that, but he brought a lot of calmness and helped me with my game."

De Villiers flagged his desire post-game to come out of international retirement in October's T20 World Cup in Australia.

While hopeful it will happen under new coach and former teammate Mark Boucher, his immediate concern is to have a positive impact at the Heat.

Currently fourth on run rate behind Perth, the Heat (5-4) have five more games plus a potential finals series with de Villiers in their ranks.

Almost 20,000 fans attended the awkward Tuesday afternoon fixture and the 35-year-old said he was surprised and humbled by the hype around his arrival.

"I want to do well but the most important thing is for my teammates; I want to contribute and leave a legacy in the team room," he said.

"If I entertain the crowds by doing that it's a bonus.

"But you're never guaranteed of success or performing well, so that's what keeps you humble.

"It was good fun, but we start from scratch in the next game, that's the beauty of cricket."


AAP