South Africa star talks transfer into worldwide cricket and rivalry with Faf du Plessis, plus reveals a few of his batting drills
Last Updated: 21/03/20 5:42pm
AB de Villiers is a Sporting Genius.
Cricket is his best ability – who can overlook his record-breaking 162 runs off 66 balls in opposition to West Indies within the 2015 Cricket World Cup?!
But he’s additionally adept at a number of different sports activities as Nasser Hussain found in our three-part sequence, filmed just a few years in the past in AB’s native South Africa.
With coronavirus halting reside cricket, we’re re-running our programme on De Villiers over the subsequent three Saturdays on skysports.com, so you may marvel at his expertise, hear him talk about his profession, watch his batting suggestions, and see what occurred when Nasser took on AB at golf and tennis!
In half one, Journey to the Top – which you’ll watch within the video on the high of the web page – Nasser discovers how De Villiers developed from a toddler prodigy on the varsity taking part in fields to a superstar in worldwide cricket.
Running although his batting suggestions at SuperSport Park in Centurion, De Villiers displays on his first journey to the bottom and the way whereas he at all times wished to play sport on the massive stage, “never in his wildest dreams” did he anticipate to play cricket at his dwelling floor.
Explaining his processes on the crease, AB then urges each batsman to be distinctive but additionally stresses the significance of head place, and the way hitting a ball with a stump in coaching helps him concentrate on taking part in the ball late, and why he prefers brief, sharp drills at match depth.
De Villiers’ former cricket coach at college, Deon Botes, says how AB’s on-drive confirmed him there was a star within the making, whereas we additionally find out about De Villiers’ aggressive rivalry after which sturdy friendship with former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis.
AB then explains how his South Africa debut in opposition to England happened, after a brief stint in Northern Ireland, as a surprising Proteas profession started.