AB de Villiers, one of the most versatile batsmen to have played the sport said that he wants to help youngsters play better cricket in the same way Jacques Kallis helped him when he was new to the team.
AB won the South African cricketer of the year award along with four other awards. He won it for the second consecutive year and proving his form for a span of 2 years. This feat was last achieved in 2005 and 2006 by Makhaya Ntini, the tall fast bowler from Eastern Cape in South Africa.
He explained how the likes of Kallis and Amla who were seniors at the time AB started his career helped him in many ways. He said that he learnt a lot from them and that he now wants to help the youngsters in the present team in the same way. He said that Kallis played a huge role in molding his career in the right path.
AB also equaled another record in the recent annual cricket awards for South Africa. He won a total of five awards along with the Cricketer of the year award. The last time a player won 5 awards in a single year was in 2010. Hashim Amla who had a great 09-10 season won 5 awards in the year.
AB scored the fastest hundred in ODI history against the West Indies in 2014 and won the ‘So Good’ award for it. He was voted the fans Player of the year, South African players Player of the year, and the ODI cricketer among the 5 awards he won.
His constant influence on the game makes him one of the most tactically brilliant players of the game. Playing alongside a player like that will give any youngster valuable experience to build his career on.