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Jonty Rhodes

Former South African Test and one-day international cricketer Jonty Rhodes said that AB de Villiers wanted to leave from Test cricket earlier but was persuaded by Cricket South Africa (CSA) to stay till 2016

Jonty is currently in India for a period with Tamil Nadu Premier League franchise Ruby Trichy Warriors as a mentor. He has always been frank about his vision on South African cricket. However, he shares a pleasant with De Villiers.

Talking to Cricbuzz, Jonty said “I think he wanted to retire a while back from Test cricket, but Cricket South Africa persuaded him to stay on. Before 2016, he was talking to people about his Test future. In South Africa, people are critical because they don’t see the IPL mechanism.”

Jonty Rhodes

Jonty said that South Africa cricket fans do not recognize the concept of IPL. “They think cricketers are trying to make as much money as possible and it’s often at the expense of national call-ups.”

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Explained about playing against India, Jonty said “When we used to play against India, Mohammed Kaif and Yuvraj Singh were outstanding and Harbhajan Singh was probably the third best. Dhoni and Virat Kohli are physically strong. Fitness has certainly improved and so is the athletic ability.”

Jonty Rhodes

Comparing Virat Kohli with De Villiers and Rohit Sharma, he said “I have only seen skipper Kohli as part of Mumbai Indian’s coach on a couple of occasions. Rohit looks like a laid back guy. But he is like a duck on the water. All you see is the duck above.” He added, “From a captaincy perspective, de Villiers is just another nice guy. He hasn’t done anything different.”

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He concluded talking about great fielding abilities, “Peter Kirsten. We didn’t have any televised international cricket when I was at school during the apartheid era.”

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AB de Villiers

After losing their campaign in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, South Africa will play the match T20 International series against England. Captain AB de Villiers wants an opportunity the series against England.

After succeeding the inaugural Champions Trophy in 1998, South Africa will soon to clinch their second ICC One-day title. Having top ODI players like Kagiso Rabada, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers, could only manage to register a win against Sri Lanka.

Talking to media ahead of the three-match series opener in Southampton, Captain De Villiers said that “It was a tough few days after the Champions Trophy, to go through that phase of reflecting and to hear some of the criticism.”

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“It’s never easy but I have always been the kind of guys to see the positive in that and see an opportunity to improve. These three matches give me that opportunity as a player and as a captain for the team.”

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De Villiers said that he is in fine touch and simply was a casualty of poor luck. “I don’t feel like I need to prove anyone wrong or prove something to someone. I just want to go play.”

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Before playing the tournament in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, they had lost in a three-match ODI series of 2-1 against England.

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De Villiers concluded, “I feel like a youngster starting my career again. I am really full of energy and love playing. I just want to score runs again and captain the team to a few good wins. I feel like I am playing very well. There’s nothing wrong with my form. The results are not showing.”

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Virat Kohli

India skipper Virat Kohli said that AB de Villiers run out was the key points in the Group B match at the Kennington Oval, London of the Champions Trophy 2017.

After the crucial win against South Africa by eight wickets with 72 balls remaining, India skipper Virat Kohli said at the post-match press conference. “The run out of AB De Villiers was one of the turning points of the match.”

“The pressure was put on by our bowlers. They stuck to their lines and got us the breakthroughs when required. The pressure was built by the bowlers that resulted in those breakthroughs,” said Kohli.

Virat Kohli

Talking about the efforts of Jasprit Bumrah, Kohli said that he is an attacking bowler and told him to express himself. “His intention was to pick up wickets and that helped us as both the Pacers were attacking from both ends. I am delighted for all the bowlers. To be able to bowl like that to a batting line-up such as this boosts a lot of confidence.”

The 28-year-old India captain said about their fielding was up and a big bonus for his side. “In the two games, we played we finished off our oppositions. That is something we have spoken about and are looking to do regularly.”

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Kohli said about three teams from the subcontinent, “Maybe the experience of playing limited-overs cricket and playing such high-pressure games was a reason. But credit to all the teams that made it to the semis. It’s all about who can play better cricket.”

Virat Kohli

Speaking about earlier match presser, “It’s not an ideal way to finish the tournament. Very disappointing. Credit to them in those first 15-overs in the field. They had great intensity, they didn’t miss the mark very often. They put pressure on us, going at 3 and a half or 4 an over.”

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“That’s not the way we usually bat. We got something going until those run-outs that cost us dearly today. We never got going. We were hoping to play a better game of cricket today. We did not plan to play conservative cricket up front. They bowled pretty well. They didn’t miss the mark a lot. We were completely outplayed today. We had a lot of soft dismissals.”

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar

India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar said about white ball refuses to make a swing for seamers in English conditions and he changed his strategy after failing to understand why this happen during the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy.

Bhuvneshwar has bowled 22.3 overs in three games taking four wickets for 100 runs at a rate of 4.44. After reaching the semi-finals against South Africa, Bhuvneshwar said “It’s very difficult to point out why the ball is not swinging in England. The wickets are not generally this hard in England during this time of the year.”

“During the Champions Trophy in 2013 and the next year during Test series, wickets were soft. Not very soft that batsmen would encounter problems but soft enough for some deviation.”

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Talking about failed to pinpoint whether it is the quality of white kookaburra to be blamed, Bhuvneshwar said: “I don’t know whether that’s the reason or something to do with the quality of the balls, but as everyone is watching that it’s difficult for the bowlers to get swing.”

Bhuvneshwar has success match against South Africa pair of Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla during their 76 run opening stand. “When the ball doesn’t swing then you have to alter the length. You have to bowl a bit back of the length.”

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“Normally, we bowl fuller length to get wickets but here we are holding the length back. The par score is 300 and the main aim is to take wickets and if, then build up adequate pressure so that we can get wickets later to restrict them to a small total.”

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Bhuvneshwar added, “In these circumstances, the idea is not to bowl at their strengths. Look, they will still find ways to score but idea was to keep it at bare minimum. I feel the pressure that we created in the first 15 overs helped us get wickets, later on, not to forget the three brilliant run-outs.”

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Talking about key point that worked during the match against South Africa, Bhuvneshwar said “When (Quinton) De Kock and (Hashim) Amla were batting, we knew that their strategy was to not lose too many wickets till the 30th over, before going for the kill. But our plan was to ensure that we build pressure with dot balls.”

“The 40 runs that we saved during the second Powerplay helped. If you are only 130 at the end of 30th over, you are mentally under pressure,” said Bhuvneshwar.

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AB de Villiers

South Africa skipper AB de Villiers said that he was desperate to win the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy as they have a very good team this time.

De Villiers said “I haven’t won one of these trophies in my career, so I am pretty desperate to win one, and we will do anything we can to get out on top. We know these tournaments are very competitive – there are eight teams that want to win it and can win it. But we do think we’ve got a very good squad here. I have got a good feeling about this one.”

The ICC Champions Trophy will start from June 7th; South Africa will take part in a three-match Royal London ODI Series against England.

AB de Villiers

After their first practice match in Hova, De Villiers said “It is a very nice way for us to warm up and get ready for a big one-day tournament. But first things first, we want to win the series against England, a team that has been playing very good one-day cricket in their own country. They have done really well to come back from the 2015 World Cup.”

“They are obviously a very talented bunch, and they have earned a lot of respect. They will be one of the favourites for the Champions Trophy definitely, but quite a few teams standout – India won the last Champions Trophy, and the Aussies are always a team to look out for.”

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De Villiers, who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the ongoing Indian Premier League, returned for South Africa to play ICC Champions Trophy.

AB de Villiers

Villiers said about returning from IPL franchise RCB to home team South Africa, “I started the IPL very well and felt in good touch throughout the tournament, but we never got going as a team as a while. It was a poor IPL for us, but that is long gone now.”

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“I am very excited to be back with the South Africa team. I had a good net session this morning – I faced Imran Tahir, and he has certainly stepped up his game a bit. I am feeling fresh, feeling 100 per cent, and looking forward to playing this series and then the tournament.”

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Ab De Villiers

AB de Villiers is a South African awesome cricketer. AB de Villiers is widely regarded as one of the best batsman in the world at present and one of the greatest of all time. He is ranked first in the ICC One Day International and seventh in the Test batting rankings. AB de Villiers has earned the nickname “Mr. 360” due to his ability of being able to play shots all over the ground, with adjustable batting performance.

Early Life:

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AB de Villiers was born on 17 February 1984 in Pretoria, Transvaal Province, South Africa. His real name is Abraham Benjamin de Villiers. De Villiers nickname are ABD, The Best in the World, Superman and Mr. 360. AB de Villiers is a South African Wicket-Keeper batsman, South Africa One Day International captain and Test captain.

Childhood and Education:

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De Villiers was born into a South African family of Afrikaans heritage. His father name is Dr. Abraham Benjamin de Villiers, a doctor of medical sciences. De Villiers studied in a public school in Pretoria. His schoolmates were future international cricketers Jacques Rudolph, Heino Kuhn and Francois du Plessis. As a child, de Villiers wanted to be a doctor like his father.

As a schoolboy, de Villiers played several sports apart from cricket, including golf, hockey, rugby, badminton, swimming and tennis. He also won Golf handicap from scratch, U19 National Badminton champion and was a member of South Africa junior Davis Cup Team. If that enough, he had excelled in academics too, having recited Pi and received a medal from the likes of Nelson Mandela, besides.

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Early Career – AB De Villiers:

Ab De Villiers

Multifaceted and immensely potential, ABD also shot to be known as the second fastest and the second youngest player from South Africa to have attained 1000 test runs after the likes of Graeme Pullock. Few would dare to dream success, matching ABD with his ingenious stroke play filled with nuances of pyrotechnical chutzpah and a seemingly condescending aura while batting.

International Career:

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He made his debut in 2004 against England. However for the second test he was not only brought down the batting order, but also made the wicket keeper. De Villiers is the fastest man to score a century and a half century (off 31 and 16 balls respectively) does not only has a lion’s heart, he is said to have lived with a pride of lions for a year. Yes, he lived with lions for a year. If ever anyone had a doubt about achieving a goal or a dream, they can take a leaf or two from AB’s book. If one man could do so many things with such finesse, he sure should be an inspiration for the whole world.

Records:

Ab De Villiers

  • Fastest fifty in One day International in 16 balls vs West Indies at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg on 18 January 2015.
  • Fastest hundred in One day International in 31 balls vs West Indies at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg on 18 January 2015.
  • Fastest hundred and fifty in One day International in 64 balls vs West Indies at Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia on 27 February 2015.
  • Fastest player 8000 runs in One Day Internationals.
  • He equaled the record of most sixes (16) in an innings in ODI format along with Rohit Sharma and Chris Gayle against the West Indies at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg on 18 January 2015.
  • He is the holder of a rather unwanted record for most ducks (4) in a particular ODI series (2007 Cricket World Cup). He shares this record with Greg Chappell and Kyle McCallan.
  • He holds the record for the most sixes in Cricket World Cup (37 sixes) along with Chris Gayle.
  • He is the leading run scorer for South Africa in Cricket World Cup.
  • He scored 34 runs in an over which is the third highest in ODIs.
  • He scored the fastest T20I fifty by a South African (21 balls).

Career Statistics:

      Competition             Test             ODI        First Class     List a Cricket
Matches            106            200           132             232
Runs scored          8, 074           8, 621         9, 961           9, 958
Batting average           50. 46           54. 56          49. 80           53. 53
50s/100s          39/21            48/24          53/24           57/27
Top Score            278*             162*           278*            162*
Balls bowled            204             192           234            192
Wickets              2                7            2              7
Bowling average         52. 00          28. 85          69. 00          28. 85
5 wickets in innings              0              0            0              0
Best bowling           2/49          2/15           2/49            2/15
Catches/stumpings          197/5          164/5           248/6            190/5

Other Interest:

Apart from sports and studies, the accomplished sportsman had made a striking impact in the music industry too. His album “Maak Jou Drome Waar” (make your dream come true) that was released with Ampie du Preez had topped the national music charts.

Personal Life:

Ab De Villiers

De Villiers is a devoutly religious man. He mentioned that the Bible is his favorite book. He is married to Danielle de Villiers (Swart). They have a son in 2015. He tweeted that their son had been named Abraham after himself. He is a self professed Manchester United fan, and a great admirer of Ryan Giggs and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. His favorite sportsman is Roger Federer and he loves listening to bands like Snow Patrol and Collective Soul. His favorite film is Gladiator. He also once mentioned that he’d love to be a doctor, but regretted the chance of not being able to study medicine.

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