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Sunil Gavaskar Loves Watching RCB’s AB de Villiers Bat

Sunil Gavaskar, legendary former Indian skipper, and opener turned commentator unlike many from his generation, is a fan of T20 cricket. He listed out certain aspects that make the format interesting.

The legendary Sunil Gavaskar, the first player to score 10000 runs in Test cricket, said that he, at times, is left speechless watching some of the extravagant shots batsmen play in T20 cricket.

Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sunil Gavaskar Loves Watching T20s Since It’s A 3 Hour Game And One Gets A Result In A Action Packed Game And Wants To Bat Like RCB Mainstay AB de Villiers

Sunil Gavaskar belongs from an era where batting in Test match cricket very much meant playing sedately. However, not hiding his fondness towards batting in modern-day cricket, Sunil Gavaskar is a big fan of the way batting has evolved, especially in the T20s.

“I know a lot of people who played around my time, they’re not happy with the T20 format, but I actually love it. I love it for the simple reason that you know it’s a 3-hour game, and you get a result, and you get to see so much action.

“When somebody plays the switch hit and the reverse sweep, I’m out of my chair because I think those are fabulous and incredible shots, and it takes a lot of skill to be able to hit them for sixes,” Sunil Gavaskar said on The Analyst Inside podcast.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

In his own era, players rarely hit the ball in the air, whereas in T20s it is just the opposite. Yet Sunil Gavaskar is a big fan. Asked about one player he would have wanted to bat like, he came up with a rather expected answer.

The 71-year-old was asked one batsman he wishes to bat as, and he named the former South Africa captain. Sunil Gavaskar heaped huge praises on the 360-degree range of the Royal Challengers Bangalore stalwart. Further, he talked about how AB de Villiers “makes it look so simple” and elegant, and on his exquisite batting technique.

Sunil Gavaskar Wants To Bat Like AB de Villiers Who Makes It Look Simple

Recently, AB de Villiers was in terrific form in the IPL 2021, which now will resume in September-October in the UAE. The right-hander often performed the rescuing task for RCB in the second half of the innings – he had scored 207 runs at a strike rate of 164.29 so far, averaging 51.75 in 7 games.

“AB de Villiers… bat like him, you know 360 degrees, play everything. I mean, just make it look as if you’re having a net. He makes it look so simple. He hits a fair distance, and he is very elegant as well. When he hits some of those shots, I love how his bat’s follow-through goes right over the shoulder. It’s not one of those punches; it’s like a proper shot. I love watching him bat” the former India captain explained.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. Image Credits: Twitter

Recently, there were calls of AB de Villiers returning to international cricket, but South Africa coach Mark Boucher cleared the air and confirmed that the 37-year-old is not making a comeback. He also listed out the potential reason for AB de Villiers’ decision. Mark Boucher went on to say that, though AB de Villiers was in talks with the management, he decided otherwise and did not want to take up the place of a deserving youngster.

AB de Villiers is 6th on the list of maximum run-getters in the history of IPL and has amassed 5056 runs in 176 games averaging 40.7 7 with 3 tons and 40 fifties. The list is headed by RCB skipper and Indian captain Virat Kohli who has 6076 runs on his belt. AB de Villiers announced his international retirement in 2018.

It was during the 2019 World Cup that the idea of AB de Villiers’ potential return first floated. South Africa performed awfully in the 2019 World Cup, becoming the second team after Afghanistan to be knocked out. AB de Villiers has played 114 Tests scoring 8765 runs averaging 50.66 and 228 ODIs scoring 9577 runs averaging 53.5. He also featured in 78 T20Is where he averaged a modest 26.12.

Ab de Villiers
Ab de Villiers.
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Mark Boucher Respects AB de Villiers’ Decision To Stay Retired From Int’l Cricket

Mark Boucher, South Africa coach has explained the reason behind AB de Villiers’ decision to stay retired from international cricket.

Fans of AB de Villiers will feel disappointed as Cricket South Africa confirmed that the former South Africa captain would be sticking to his decision to stay retired.

Mark Boucher @Twitter
Mark Boucher @Twitter

Mark Boucher Agrees That AB De Villiers Is Still One Of The Best T20 Players But Respects His Decision To Stay Retired

Having announced his retirement from international cricket in 2018, speculation about AB de Villiers making an international return for the T20 World Cup later this year has been doing the rounds. In fact, SA coach Mark Boucher had hinted several times in the past that he could be in the mix for South Africa for the ICC event.

However, a day after CSA broke the news that AB de Villiers would in fact remain retired, Mark Boucher has explained the reason behind the decision. Acknowledging that the veteran batsman is still probably the best T20 player in the world, Mark Boucher called the development unfortunate but understood where AB de Villiers is coming from.

“AB has his reasons, which I respect. Unfortunately, he’s no longer in the mix. I say unfortunately because I think we all agree that he’s still one of the best – if not the best – T20 players in world cricket,” Boucher told The Citizen.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. Image Credits: Twitter

“But he alluded to being concerned about coming in ahead of other players who have been a part of the system. I don’t think it sat well with him, which I understand.”

It was during the 2019 World Cup that the idea of AB de Villiers’ potential return first floated. In a staggering revelation, former SA captain Faf du Plessis had announced that AB de Villiers had offered to come out of retirement but his request was turned down keeping the hard work of other players in mind.

Mark Boucher Respects AB De Villiers Decision To Stay Retired

South Africa performed awfully in the 2019 World Cup, becoming the second team after Afghanistan to be knocked out. With a fresh World Cup awaiting albeit in a T20 format, Mark Boucher feels it is best everyone moved on from the AB de Villiers saga.

“As a coach I needed to try and get our best players, for the team and the environment. AB is an energy booster in any environment, but I respect his reasoning. It was worth a go, but now let’s move forward,” Boucher pointed out.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

AB de Villiers has time and again played a key role for Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) where he has demolished the best bowlers in the tournament with his entertaining knocks. Even in IPL 2021, he scored 207 runs in 7 matches at an impressive average of 51.75.

AB De Villiers has played 114 Tests scoring 8765 runs averaging 50.66 and 228 ODIs scoring 9577 runs averaging 53.5. He also featured in 78 T20Is where he averaged a modest 26.12. In 176 IPL matches, he has 5056 runs averaging 40.77 and is 6th among the leading run-scorers in IPL history.