After securing a record win in India, AB De Villiers is simply ecstatic. The South African skipper led from the front and scored three centuries in the recently concluded series against hosts India. De Villiers praised the character of his side after such an emphatic performance against an equally dominant Indian side.
“With the bat in hand, with the last 20 or 30 overs, we are definitely the best batting line-up in the world. There’s no doubt about that. We have proven that over quite a few years now,” de Villiers said, after securing South Africa’s first bilateral series win in India. “It was a huge game, a final, history on the line. So with that in mind, it was definitely the biggest game and the best game I have captained. It was the complete performance with bat and ball.”
“That comes purely down to team spirit. We have got an incredible culture in the team and respect for each other – it’s driven by some of the senior players, a culture that was started a few years ago. We know who we are playing for and why we play and we really enjoy the simple things about cricket, not only cricket but life too, and getting to know each other. I believe that’s an area where we are better than other teams – our team spirit and the culture that we have. We are very proud of that,” De Villiers added.
De Villiers also thanked the Mumbai crowd for constantly cheering for him and chanting his name. “It is very humbling to hear the crowd cheer for me like that. I can only be thankful and blessed with the opportunities I have had in my life. I will never forget it,” de Villiers said. “It is a great privilege and an honour to be playing front of big crowds in India. I always tell my teammates to enjoy it. It’s not always about the result but really enjoying ourselves and representing our country in the best manner.”
“Quinny has been through a tough patch, but he has come back and he did it the right way. He went back to South Africa A cricket, did the hard yards, worked on his technique, scored a lot of runs. I have always been behind him and I feel he is going to be a great cricketer one day,” de Villiers said about wicket-keeper Quinton De Kock.
“It was an incredible achievement by us to win both series. The Test matches will be a big challenge again,” de Villiers said. “India will want to come back harder and stronger and we know they have the ability to do that, but we will be up for it. “We are very hungry for success, we are very hungry to create history, we love traveling abroad, that’s where our team spirit kicks in and really plays a role in us playing better cricket. There’s no reason why we can’t win the Test series, but we know there is a lot of hard work ahead,” De Villiers concluded.