Sunday, 4 September 2016

AB de Villiers says Ahmedabad 2008 turning point for me



Captain Kohli has described him as "the finest batsman of his generation."Sir Vivian Richards told him, "You are changing the game...you are taking cricket to a new level. Keep going." Nothing seems impossible when AB de Villiers is on song. Statistics can never fully capture his majesty but one particular number is telling - the South African belongs to that select breed of batsmen who have a 50-plus average in both Tests and ODIs. In an email interview with TOI, De Villiers talks about his just-released autobiography 'AB', where he maps in detail the highs and lows of being a professional cricketer.

Now as someone who plays alongside Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle for Royal Challengers Bangalore, tell us a little more about them.
Virat and Chris are great players who have become great friends, and it's been a great experience to play alongside them. Many people may be surprised that we get along so well, and there is absolutely no rivalry between us. We all pull for the team.
"India very rarely lose a Test series at home, possibly, because they have such exceptionally constructive working relationships with the groundsmen at their home venues." Can you elaborate on this excerpt from the book?
There's nothing wrong! Indian pitches tend to be dusty and suit the spinners. Every home team produces pitches to suit them. It's common sense.

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