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IPL 7: AB de Villiers is the most complete batsman of the era, says VVS Laxman

VVS laxman prasied AB de Villiers' ability to have four different strokes for same delivery © PTI
VVS laxman prasied AB de Villiers’ ability to have four different strokes for same delivery © PTI

May 16, 2014

Former India batsman VVS Laxman feels that AB de Villiers is the most complete batsman of the era. He also showered praise on Glenn Maxwell as the most destructive batsman. Laxman expressed his opinions on these three players on the official website of the IPL.

“AB can play shots all around the wicket. He has got three or four shots for one delivery. There is nothing that he cannot do when he is batting. He is quick on his feet and in his thought process. Because of his good basic technique, even on tough conditions, he can adapt quickly. To unsettle the opposition, he can play some freak shots and get his innovation into the picture and change the game single-handedly. He has the potential to play aggressively and be defensive at the same time. That is why he is complete,” Laxman was quoted as saying by iplt20.com.

As for Maxwell, Laxman felt the Australian’s fearlessness is a key factor but at the same time he needs to stay and win matches for his team. “Fearlessness. That is one thing that we saw very briefly in the ICC T20 World Cup this year. That skill and the ability he possesses to destroy bowling attacks, make him a very dangerous batsman. He was playing fearlessly, attacking from ball-one without the fear of losing his wicket, which has worked well for him and for Kings XI Punjab. The only difference between the T20 WC and the IPL is that he is converting starts into big scores.

“I would just let him play the way he has played and I would just ask him to assess the situation better and win matches for his side.. I have always felt that it doesn’t matter how quickly you get the runs as long as that innings has an impact on the result of the game.”

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