Star South Africa batsman AB de Villiers who has been out of Test cricket for last two years, decided to make himself available for 5-day cricket again as he is all set to play in a one-off day-night Test against Zimbabwe, starting on Tuesday.
The right-handed batsman claims his break of near 2 years helped him to prepare perfectly for longer version cricket. “I have had a great pre-season, which I haven’t had for 13 years,” he said in an interview with South Africa’s Sunday Times newspaper.
He further said, “I faced a few pink balls last night on a spicy wicket, it was slightly tough. But then again it’s a great challenge. It’s the ultimate form of the game. It’s the greatest challenge to come out on top with batting when the ball is moving around in Test cricket.”
Meanwhile,Team India are scheduled to tour Africa for a three-match Test series, starting in Cape Town on January 5. While talking about the upcoming series he said, “I’m very excited that they are going to be touring in South Africa. I haven’t played against India for a while now, so it’s going to be a really good series.”
The visitors will be led by Virat Kohli who is also de Villiers’ teammate in the Indian Premier League (IPL). “I’d say Virat is one of the best captains at the moment, the most improved – there’s a big change from when I first saw him captaining to now,” he added.
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com