AB de Villiers is believed to have excelled at multiple sports in his younger days before devoting himself to cricket © Getty Images
AB de Villiers is believed to have excelled at multiple sports in his younger days before devoting himself to cricket © Getty Images

AB de Villiers — a batsman who has earned himself all sorts of nicknames through his cricketing skills ranging from Mr 360 to Superman — is often said to have been a maverick at other sports as well. Now there is some reputable testimony to that claim. Kevin Anderson who is ranked World No. 12 in the Tennis circuit has admitted to have been defeated in a tennis game in younger days. Anderson later joked that he was happy de Villiers had chosen cricket instead of sticking with tennis as a career path. Anderson is in India for the Chennai Open.

“Yes, he beat me in tennis when I was 10 or 12 years old. He was pretty good in those days. I am glad he made the switch to cricket,” Anderson said as reported by mid-day.com. “I am still in touch with AB on twitter and sms. I think AB is the best batsman in the world. I am a passionate cricket follower,” Anderson added.

He has also been keeping a track of South Africa’s home Test series campaign against England and Anderson’s reading from the second Test of the series is that South Africa are finding their feet back in the game’s long format after the thrashing they were dished in India. I watched some of the second South Africa-England Test match in my hotel room. South Africa seem to be finding their form again after being thrashed by India,” said Anderson.

South Africa will be keen to live up to the expectations and hopes of Anderson and other South African fans across the world.