AB de Villiers has counted himself out of the ‘world’s best batsman’ race, stating that it would be disrespectful to claim such a title in the presence of many other supremely talented batsmen in the world.
In recent times, cricket fans and experts have got themselves engaged in a fierce debate surrounding the ‘best batsman’ subject. The discussions have boiled down to the new ‘Fab Four’ of the cricketing world – Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Steven Smith.
Also, names of other freaks like David Warner and AB de Villiers have also been constantly put forward, Thus far, there have been only divided opinions and no clear winner, as clearly each of the above-mentioned players has their own set of strengths and weaknesses.
While these debates promise to go on and on for a few more years, De Villiers feels that it would be much better to just pull out of the race.
“That’s probably my biggest strength (winning games for the team). I don’t think everyone has those skills. But I won’t say I am the best player in the world,” the 33-year-old De Villiers told “Forbes India” in an interview.
“That will be disrespectful to players who are in amazing form like a David Warner or Virat Kohli… Joe Root (of England) who’s not even at the IPL, Ben Stokes – who scored a fabulous hundred (for Rising Pune Supergiant) the day before (May 1).
De Villiers also pointed out that each player is unique and possesses special skill sets which make it difficult to single out one particular name and tag him as the best in the world.
“There are so many good players…But I do have certain skills that others don’t and others have certain skills that I don’t.”
The South African maverick has just completed his IPL assignment and flown back to his country with the Champions Trophy in mind. His time in India, with his franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, was highly unproductive, as his side failed to place their claim for the IPL trophy.
After finishing the 2016 season on a high, RCB was touted to be one of the favourites to win. But, injuries to top players, including De Villiers himself and poor form, eventually ended their season on a very forgettable note with just three wins in 14 matches.
The Proteas star, however, would now focus on the Champions Trophy which begins on June 1st in England. De Villiers, who will lead the side in the multi-nation tournament, has claimed that triumph in major ICC tournaments is his prime goal. In fact, in some of the recent interviews, he has openly declared that World Cup glory is the main motivation of his career.
Therefore, it won’t be surprising to see him come back in form and hammer the opposition while leading his star-studded side closer and closer to the Champions Trophy win.