AB De Villiers has been one of the most innovative batsmen in the IPL
AB De Villiers has been one of the most innovative batsmen in the IPL © PTI


Apr 16, 2014


The moniker of “Mr Cricket” may belong to Michael Hussey, but for India Under-19 World Cup 2014 skipper Vijay Zol, his Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) teammate, AB deVilliers, is equally deserving of the title. Zol also spoke about what he admired the most in his senior teammates Virat KohliChris Gayle and Yuvraj Singh, and how being the captain of the Under-19 team helps him handle pressure. Bangalore, who play their first match against the Delhi Daredevils (DD) on Thursday, have had a disappointing time in the IPL over the last couple of years. With the power packed batting line-up at their disposal, RCB will look for a top for finish for the first time since 2011.


In an interview with iplt20.co, Zol said, “I have been enjoying in RCB. They have been kind to me. I have learnt a lot in the last couple of years because of being around the big names. It has helped.”


When asked about which attributes he admired most in his senior teammates, Zol spoke of Kohli’s energy and aggression,  Yuvraj’s big-hitting ability, and Gayle’s fearlessness.


Zol had special praise for South African batsman AB deVilliers. “He [de Villiers] is Mr Cricket for me. He can do everything. He can keep [wickets], he can field as a tiger and bat in any situation so that kind of a mindset I would like to take from him,” he said.


Signing off, Zol spoke of how the Under-19 captaincy affected him. “It is [an] extra bit of responsibility so that comes into your batting too. You need to perform in every game. You need to set examples for your team.  As a captain I wanted to stay there at the wicket as long as possible so that I score runs for my team as a senior batsman I should spend more time on the wicket so in the end I can accelerate,” Zol said.


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