AB De Villiers has been the backbone of the South African team on its present tour of India. In the ODI’s, De Villiers was simply at his best, as he swayed the Indian bowling to all parts of the arena.
Despite South Africa losing the first test, De Villiers was very good with the bat, and was the only South African batsman to display any form of resistance. In the second test marred by rain, De Villiers once again was spectacular. Playing his 100th test, De Villiers rescued South Africa from dire straits and batted really well.
Mike Hussey, the former Australian batting legend who is currently South Africa’s batting consultant has heaped praises on De Villiers. Hussey, in his interview to PTI said that De Villiers was indeed an exceptional player who could get the respect even of the opposing crowd.
He said the following to PTI, in an interaction: “This was not an Indian Premier League game where he walked out to bat for the city franchisee but a batsman who would counter India, yet, when Abraham Benjamin de Villiers started his walk to the crease, around 20,000 fans were shouting ‘ABD.. ABD’ in chorus.
“No wonder the parents seated in the VIP Stands were amazed at the scenes which certainly made them emotional. But then, ABD is a special player, who has crossed the barrier with his skill and goodwill to transform himself from a star cricketer into a loved cricketer as he walked in for his 100th Test match.
“After Sachin Tendulkar stopped at 200 Test matches, the 100 Test barrier has lost a bit of novelty but when the atmosphere of an Indian stadium feels like Kingsmead in Durban or Newlands in Cape Town, it means the protagonist in question has won many more hearts than number of matches that he has won for his team.”