South African AB de Villiers is one of the best batsmen in world cricket, across all three formats of the game. AB is also one of the most loved and respected cricketers worldwide.
In his latest column for BBC, AB de Villiers has written at length about Indian captain Virat Kohli’s qualities. Virat and AB have spent a lot of time together playing cricket in Indian Premier League (IPL) for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and they share a great friendship on and off the field.
Here are 5 best statements from AB’s BBC column that prove he is the biggest fan of Virat Kohli:
1) AB de Villiers loves Virat Kohli’s intensity
“I have been privileged to play alongside Virat Kohli in the last six Indian Premier League tournaments and, as his team-mate at Royal Challengers Bangalore, have seen at first hand not only his extraordinary skill as a batsman but also the energy and intensity that he brings to the game.”
2) AB is also a fan of Virat’s willingness to work hard
“He has been blessed with wonderful natural talent but, as ever among high achievers, his talent is underpinned by a willingness to work hard.”
3) AB believes that Kohli is the most popular personality in India
“If you drive into almost any city in India, you will see his face appear on every other billboard. Being the most marketable and possibly the most popular personality in a nation of 1.3bn people brings its own pressures: he simply cannot move without being begged for a ‘selfie’ and his every move, word and even gesture is relentlessly reported in print, electronic and social media.”
4) Virat Kohli never stops until he is satisfied
“Unseen, he is determined and relentless in training, remaining in the nets as long as necessary to ensure he feels comfortable with every aspect of his game. I have watched him rehearse his strokes over and over again, until sweat is pouring from his brow, never stopping until he is satisfied.”
5) Virat has learned to live with these realities
“Virat has learned to live with these realities… and also to accept the burden of unrealistic expectation that he should score runs every time he reaches the crease, and that his team should win every time they take the field.”
You can read AB de Villiers’ blog on BBC here:- AB de Villiers’ column