ABD is the best batsman of our generation – Virat Kohli

Krishna Chopra / 22 April 2016
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Lions

The Rising Pune Supergiants were on the receiving end of a special show between AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli. De Villiers and Kohli, two of the most devastating batsmen in world cricket currently, were simply brilliant as they demolished the Pune bowlers to all parts of the stadium. Their 157 runs stand was just a treat to the eyes as watching the duo in full flow is like living a dream!

As the Royal Challengers won by 13 runs, skipper Virat Kohli was beaming with joy. Kohli, known to be a complete team player and skipper, was fully in awe of AB De Villiers. The Indian run machine showered praises on the South African, and called him a “selfless” human and the best batsman of the modern generation.

“AB is the best batsman of our generation. It’s a pleasure to bat alongside him. Love so many things about his game – his balance, his reactions, the way he’s composed at the crease and the way he communicates. Very selfless person. Not many people help others all the time. He helps all the people around him. He’s a much better human being than a batsman, and that’s the good thing about him,” said Kohli.

Speaking about their batting effort, Kohli said that the wicket was not an easy one for batting. “Davey (De Villiers) told me to stay calm. When a guy is hitting well, you have to hit your area, and hope he misses and you hit. We spoke about 175-180 and ended up getting 5 extra. I wasn’t happy with my batting. Later, I accelerated my game. Great partnership with AB again. Such a world class player. Gave me the confidence to play the anchor role and made me feel better so that I could explode in the end. Not that easy a wicket, it doesn’t have the bounce. Bowlers kept it tight in the middle overs for us,” said Kohli.