Batsmen must maximise their strengths rather than copy ‘special’ AB de Villiers, says Hashim Amla

AB de Villiers is a special player; to say this is an under-statement. The ‘360 degree’ player from South Africa has emerged as world’s best batsman across formats in recent times and there is a reason to it. He has a wide range of unorthodox shots which he plays all around the park, thus making it almost impossible for the bowlers to contain him.  Also Read: Gayle is Hulk, Kohli is Captain America; Guess who play Iron Man and Spider man in RCB’s Avengers?

It does become a problem if you are on the other side, as he can flatten the best of the bowling attacks on any given day. But thankfully, there is no such worry for Hashim Amla, who plays alongside de Villiers and not against him. Amla, who too has been a run-machine for South Africa in past few years, is a fan of de Villiers just like many others. He finds AB a special player and feels that he is different from others. For the same reason he feels that other batters must not try to copy him. Also Read: Look who called Chris Gayle ‘UNCLE’!

“AB doesn’t have to move around the crease, he can hit any ball wherever he likes! He’s a special player, he does things that many other batters find it very difficult to do. But others have to try to maximise their strengths, it’s pointless copying anybody. Because at the end of the day, a copycat’s never as good as the original”, an interview in Wisden quoted him as saying. Also Read: Cricket fraternity wishes Wasim Akram on his 50th birthday

During the recently concluded season of Indian Premier League (IPL), Amla too was at the receiving end of AB’s onslaught for a brief period. Playing for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), he had to face de Villiers’ brutal assault during the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). But the calm and composed Amla is happy that the IPL is over now and both these batsmen are again on the same side.