AB de Villiers, South Africa’s ODI captain, was all praise for Virat Kohli as India’s captain readies to deliver the goods for his side on yet another big day, something de Villiers self-admittedly rues missing being a part of.
Referring to Eoin Morgan, Kane Williamson and Steven Smith as “three great cricketers and captains,” de Villiers only had words of empathy for them, especially after ouster from a tournament where the margin between victory and defeat is tiny.
“As South Africa captain, I know how they feel.”
“Pakistan bowlers will realise the paramount importance of controlling Virat”
Talking about the big match on Sunday, de Villiers reiterated the importance of Kohli’s wicket for Pakistan, a team that knows the threat of Virat perhaps more than any other.
“India’s batting order is decorated with many brilliant talents, but the Pakistan bowlers will realise the paramount importance of controlling Virat on Sunday.
“He is a consummate surgeon at the crease, intensely focused, working hard, playing the ball into gaps in the field and staying calm under pressure. He is always judging the right time to consolidate and the right time to seize a game by the scruff of the neck.”
“At 28, he is at the peak of his powers, surely the outstanding cricketer in the world today.