The rumours about AB de Villiers return are heating up in the cricket world. People are waiting for Mr 360 to make a return in the International arena after his untimely retirement in 2018. However, the legendary batsman from South Africa is currently in Australia to represent Brisbane Heat in Big Bash League.
This is the first time that AB de Villiers is going to take part in BBL. Today, in the 36th match of the tournament between Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers, AB de Villiers made his BBL debut for Brisbane Heats. He scored a 32 ball 40 in his maiden innings of the match as Brisbane Heat registered an easy victory over Adelaide Strikers,
The right-handed batsman also had a great Mzansi Super League, representing Tshwane Spartans, as he slammed 325 runs at a strike rate of 152.58. Talking to the reporters about his form and participation in the BBL, de Villiers said, “I felt in some of the best form of my career. Hopefully we’ll see more of that in this tournament. I know what’s required of me to make a play for the team. There’s been some standout performances from the Heat this season and I think the team is in a really good place. Tom Banton did a fantastic job, hopefully I’ll do a similar job but in the middle order.”
AB, who is one of the greats of current generation, shared dressing room with many legends during his cricketing career and also played against one of the finest cricketers of all time like Jacques Kallis, Sachin Tendulkar, Virendra Sehwag, Ricky Ponting and many more. When asked about the best batsman he has played or played against, the South African great can only come up with three names- Steven Smith, Graeme Smith and Virat Kohli.
AB also give reasons of picking them as the best batsman. He said, “Very limited in his technique but he finds a way. Just an amazing character,” about Steven Smith. Before adding: “Graeme Smith, there is something about the Smiths. Graeme Smith [was] not the flashiest players but he played for the team and wanted to make a statement always. Virat Kohli is similar. The kind of guy you don’t talk on the field.”