Everyone calls AB (A. B. de Villiers) a 360 degree cricketer. There’s no such shot that he cannot play. Even to watch him batting in the nets was such a memorable experience. Everyone used to be excited to see how he’ll play the next ball. We keep wondering how he improvises so much in a match and attempts all these strokes around the field so sweetly!

All of us prefer to perfect a new shot in the nets before thinking about attempting it in a match. AB’s style is exactly the reverse. He would play only straight down the wicket while batting in the nets back then. I never saw him playing an unconventional shot in the nets, he would hit in the ‘V’ or pull or cut it according to the merit of the ball.


Once I dared to ask him about playing those strokes. I was actually a little scared to ask him since he…

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