Johannesburg, Apr 15 : Indian batting star Virat Kohli has heaped praise on AB de Villiers, describing his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate as 'the best batsman of this generation'.
Kohli struck a magnificent 157-run partnership for the opening wicket in just 14.3 overs as the Royal Challengers started their Indian Premier League campaign on a winning note after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad by 45 runs on Tuesday.
South African swashbuckling batsman De Villiers smashed 82 off just 42 balls, while Kohli stroked 75 as the team scored in excess of
Bengaluru: Virat Kohli and A B de Villiers shared a breathtaking 157-run stand off 87 balls as Royal Challengers Bangalore secured a comfortable 45-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in their opening match of the Indian Premier League here on Tuesday.
Kohli (75 off 51) and de Villiers (82 off 42), arguably the top two batsmen in the world, set the Chinnaswamy Stadium on fire to take RCB to 227 for four.
The bowlers defended the steep total comfortably on a batting beauty despite a blazing knock from Sunrisers captain David Warner
Johannesburg, Feb. 22 : South Africa's swashbuckling batsman AB de Villiers has admitted that he is not satisfied with his current T20 record despite playing a major role in his side's two-match series win against England.
De Villiers smashed a brutal knock of 71 off just 29 balls to help South Africa claim a nine-wicket win in the second and the final match at the Wanderers.
The 32-year-old, who wanted to work on his T20 internationals runs, believes that his performance against England was the first step in the right direction, Sport24 reported.
Johannesburg, Feb. 15 : South African skipper AB de Villiers believes that his side were 'hungrier' to win than England following their five-wicket triumph in the fifth and the final ODI in Cape Town on Sunday.
South Africa's five-wicket defeat at Port Elizabeth in the second ODI left them 0-2 down in the series before they eventually bounced back to seal the five-match series 3-2 with three straight wins.
Praising his side's tremendous comeback, the 31-year-old batsman described the series win a special moment for the entire team, Sport24 reported.
Johannesburg, Feb. 10 : South African skipper AB de Villiers has praised his side's attitude and hunger that led to their seven-wicket victory in the third ODI of the five-match series against England at SuperSport Park in Centurion, Pretoria.
Jubilant with the result, the 31-year-old insisted that it was a good solid performance by the team as they were desperate to get the result, Sport24 reported.
De Villiers stressed that the team had shown a lot of energy on the field, adding that he hopes there were much more good stuff to come in future.
Johannesburg, Feb. 8 : South Africa skipper AB de Villiers has called on his side to stage a strong comeback in the remaining ODIs of the five-match series against England, insisting that the Alastair Cook -led side are not unbeatable.
Describing England as a `confident` side, De Villiers said that although the opponents were playing really good cricket, he added that South Africa could give them a strong competition, Sport24 reported.
Johannesburg, Feb. 07 : South Africa captain AB de Villiers has insisted that buoyant England side are 'not unbeatable' despite trailing 0-2 against the tourists in the five-match one-day international series.
Alex Hales laid the foundation and then Jos Buttler, who scored a match-winning century in the opening game, played another key innings to give England victory by five wickets with 22 balls to spare in the second ODI at St. George's Park on Saturday.
Johannesburg, Feb. 4 : South African skipper AB de Villiers has backed his side's bowlers, describing their efforts as `decent`, following their 39-run loss by Duckworth and Lewis (D/L) method to England in the opening ODI at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein.
De Villiers said that the wicket was incredibly good to bat on, but added it was too hard for the bowlers, Sport24 reported.
He added that his bowlers had a tough time bowling the first 10 to 15 overs, but insisted that his side managed to bring the visitors down to nine.
Johannesburg, Jan. 30 : AB de Villiers has been appointed as the South Africa's Test captain on a permanent basis after the national selectors unanimously decided to choose the swashbuckling batsman to lead the nation through a transitional phase.
The 31-year-old, who took over as the stand-in captain for the last two Tests against the just-concluded series against England, will lead his side in his first assignment against New Zealand in August in South Africa.
Johannesburg, Jan. 22 : South Africa captain AB de Villiers has insisted that he is optimistic about his embattled side's Test future despite enduring a string of failures in the longer format of the game this summer.
The swashbuckling batsman, whose side are currently trailing 0-2 to touring England side in the four-match series, admitted that losing big players had affected South Africa in the ongoing series, pointing to the absence of injured pace spearhead Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander.
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