Everybody calls AB (A. B. de Villiers) a 360 diploma cricketer. There’s no such shot that he can’t play. Even to observe him batting within the nets was such a memorable expertise. Everybody was once excited to see how he’ll play the following ball. We hold questioning how he improvises a lot in a match and makes an attempt all these strokes across the discipline so sweetly!

All of us desire to excellent a brand new shot within the nets earlier than enthusiastic about making an attempt it in a match. AB’s fashion is precisely the reverse. He would play solely straight down the wicket whereas batting within the nets again then. I by no means noticed him enjoying an unconventional shot within the nets, he would hit within the ‘V’ or pull or reduce it in accordance with the advantage of the ball.


As soon as I dared to ask him about enjoying these strokes. I used to be truly just a little scared to ask him since he executes these pictures day in and time out however nonetheless I approached him as soon as. And he mentioned it’s all about confidence. He burdened on the necessity for self-belief and backing your self.

Superman: A. B. de Villiers has an array of pictures.   –  Sportzpics / BCCI


That to me underlined the necessity to believing in your self being a key to success. He insisted on observing how lots of the uncommon pictures tried have been truly related confidently and carry the identical confidence in a recreation. He additionally advised me again myself with the identical confidence in a match and never hesitate on the crease.

I recall one other incident vividly. After we performed towards Chennai Tremendous Kings in Bengaluru, I missed Dhoni’s stumping and he completed the sport off within the final two-three overs. Clearly once you miss a stumping likelihood of a participant of Dhoni’s stature, no person walks as much as you and speaks something.

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My temper was naturally off, I used to be blaming myself for the loss. The dressing room was quiet, there was no chatter. I used to take a seat subsequent to AB. Everybody was eating and planning to board the bus. Solely AB got here up and advised me to take it as a studying slightly than being slowed down by it.

He advised me to take it in my stride, take it as a lesson and transfer on. That made be imagine that cricket isn’t over right here and I ought to be able to seize the following alternative.

(Yogesh Takawale was part of the Mumbai Indians from 2008 to 2010 and Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2014. He performed 16 matches as wicket-keeper-batsman and is without doubt one of the only a few to have opened with Sanath Jayasuriya and Chrish Gayle and performed below Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli’s captaincy)

As advised to Amol Karhadkar


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