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South Africa\'s performance analyst heaps praises on AB de Villiers.

South Africa’s performance analyst Prasanna Agoram, in his article for The Indian Express, has showered praises on batsman AB de Villiers, who announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on May 23. Agoram from India said that he first met de Villiers when he made his first presentation in 2010 during a series against Pakistan.

Recalling the moment when AB de Villiers broke down after being defeated by New Zealand in the semifinal of 2015 World Cup, Agoram says that the batsman called for a “fines meeting” to “leave with a good feeling”. When players or support staff or management were crying, de Villiers said, “Let’s just celebrate each other’s company tonight. And thanks for all the support. Come next World Cup, we will be the team to beat.”

AB de Villiers also asked Agoram to create a motivational video for Lungi Ngidi when he made his debut against India recently. Mr. 360 got hold of Ngidi’s friends and father to talk about his debut. “Just imagine the effect on a 20-year old youngster that a legend like AB is going to this level. That’s the sort of team man he is,” says Agoram.

The analyst further added that AB de Villiers is not worried about a swing or a cutter a bowler gets. “He just wants a feel of the bowlers. Like how he approaches the crease, how he releases it,” he says. Revealing his nickname ‘Abbas’, Agoram says de Villiers is ‘A Boss’, that’s why he is ‘Abbas’.

Explaining his reason behind why he started calling AB de Villiers ‘Spider-Man’, Agoram said he is a ‘Spider-Man’ for his batting, and not fielding, because “No other batsman in history has created the angles he has.”



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