Legendary South Africa National Cricket Team batter AB de Villiers, who had an enormously successful stint with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has stated that he is quite honored and privileged to have started the 360-degree game in cricket.
Abraham Benjamin de Villiers was a dangerous batter, who used to scare the opposition bowlers with his unbelievable stroke plays as he had the ability to play the shots all over the park. His spectacular ability to play unconventional shots to any part of the ground earned him the nickname of Mr 360-degree.
AB de Villiers was one of the cricket pundits roped in by Jio Cinema during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. During an interaction on the platform, a Twitter user asked AB de Villiers how much he enjoys being called Mr. 360-degree.
The 39-year-old responded that he didn’t have any plans to become a 360-degree cricketer and it all happened naturally. He added that it’s a privilege for him to have started the 360-degree game.
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“It was never part of the plan that’s for sure but it’s obviously a huge privilege and honour to sort of started that,” AB de Villiers said on Jio Cinema ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 final between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans.
AB de Villiers played international cricket for South Africa between 2004-2018. He represented the Proteas in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs, and 78 T20Is, before announcing a shock retirement from international cricket on May 23, 2018, with just a year to go for the 2019 World Cup.
Players Like Suryakumar Yadav Can Do This Now – AB de Villiers On 360-Degree Game
AB de Villiers further said that there are a few current cricketers like India’s Suryakumar Yadav, who are fully capable of playing the 360-degree game. Notably, the No.1 T20I batter Suryakumar Yadav has been labeled as India’s Mr. 360 for his unorthodox big-hitting skills.
“I think there are quite a few others that can do this now. I think of SKY, he’s not part of the Tournament anymore but there’s so much talent out there. So obviously it’s a great honour,” he said.
When the host asked whether it was part of his evolution to become a 360-degree cricketer. He responded:
“Look from a very young age, I always wanted to push boundaries. So I was always gonna try stuff. I didn’t know it was gonna end up like that.”
In the Indian Premier League (IPL), AB de Villiers played for the Delhi-based franchise from 2008 to 2010, before joining the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He played 184 matches in the marquee T20 league and smashed 5162 runs at an average of 39.71 and a strike rate of 151.69, with his best score being 133*. AB de Villiers also hit 3 tons and 40 half-centuries in the tournament.