Expecting big things from Virat Kohli in the next 3 to 5 years: AB de Villiers


Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman AB de Villiers lauded his skipper Virat Kohli, calling him a more reliable batsman than himself.

AB de Villiers lavished praise on his RCB skipper Virat Kohli. (PTI Photo)

AB de Villiers lavished praise on his RCB skipper Virat Kohli. (PTI Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • AB de Villiers feels Virat Kohli is a more reliable batsman
  • AB de Villiers explained the approaches that he and Kohli takes while batting together
  • Kohli and De Villiers are the only two players with two 200+ partnerships in T20s

Former South Africa skipper AB de Villiers on Wednesday said that he feels the lockdown has come in at a good time for Virat Kohli and he expects big things from India captain in the next 3 to 5 years.

“Maybe this lockdown has come in at a good time for him (Kohli) where he can really refresh, reset the boundaries again and go again. I’m expecting big things from him in the next three to five years,” De Villiers told Harsha Bhogle on a Cricbuzz in Conversation episode on Wednesday.

AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli love batting with each other in the IPL and have been part of numerous partnerships in winning causes for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

RCB skipper Kohli and his deputy de Villiers have been part of 2 record-breaking stands in the IPL with the highest coming in 2016 against Gujarat Lions.

De Villiers also opened up on his rapport with India skipper and said they make a ‘nice combination’ because of their contrasting styles. De Villiers revealed what techniques the two have picked up from each other.

“Virat is a more reliable batsman. He’s the one you want to bat for 15 overs. I am better in a way I could change the game quicker, have an injection that could swing the game. So together we are a nice combo,” De Villiers added.

“We take on different bowlers. I personally like to attack a little earlier, not to show weakness early on. I am earlier to the trigger. I want the bowlers to feel early on that it will be trouble if I’m allowed to bat for 5 overs,” De Villiers told Harsha Bhogle.

“You need to extend your arms with the short ball. It’s a difficult one for the mind to understand. The quicker the bowler is, the more you think you need more time, you need to pull in. But you actually need to (extend your arms and) fetch it. It becomes a lot easier to control it. That’s what I think Virat got right in the last few years. He extends his arms and then rolls his wrists to keep it down,” De Villiers said.

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