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AB de Villiers most complete batsman of modern era. Do you agree?

Last updated on: May 16, 2014 15:09 IST

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Former India batting star VVS Laxman feels AB de Villiers, without an iota of doubt, is the most complete batsman in the modern era.

"Yes, he is without a doubt," the Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor said, when asked if the South African is the most complete batsman in the modern era.

"... And I feel (Glenn) Maxwell is getting there. Like Maxwell, 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.

"To execute some of the shots he has played, one has to have a quick mind, which he has done effectively, not only to mediocre bowlers but also to the best in the business. He is quick on his feet, always thinking, and an exceptional runner between the wickets, which makes him a complete cricketer."

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'AB can adapt quickly'

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The elegant batsman said de Villiers has the perfect blend of orthodoxy and innovation.

"That is why he is complete. 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 singlehandedly. He has the potential to play aggressively and be defensive at the same time."

Laxman's assessment of the batsman did not end there.

The South African batting mainstay, who is playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, has an astute cricketing brain when it comes to batting, he added.

"I do not know him personally, but the way he bats, you can make out that he responds to a particular situation in a certain way. AB exactly plays the way he should in a particular situation," he was quoted as saying on the IPL's official website.

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'Dhoni is an all-round player'

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Talking about India and Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Laxman said every cricketer would like to have his temperament.

"The reason MS Dhoni has been so successful is his temperament and situational awareness, which is so important for a cricketer. He understands exactly what is to be done as a captain and as a batsman in a particular situation, and he delivers more often than not.

"You may have the best technique and skill, but you need to know when to do what, which Dhoni does brilliantly.

"Dhoni's game is totally different when he comes to bat early and when he bats down the order during pressure-cooker situations, which all boils down to situational awareness," Laxman said.

He felt the India skipper has progressed as a batsman over the years.

"The Dhoni during his debut was one-dimensional and the opposition bowlers could make him play according to their plans. But it is amazing how he has progressed as a batsman. He understands his own game and has the hunger to keep improving. MS Dhoni is an all-round player now."

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'Maxwell is fearless'

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Asked about Maxwell's batting in this IPL, Laxman praised his 'fearlessness', while calling him 'destructive'.

"Fearlessness! That is one thing that we saw very briefly in the ICC T20 World Cup this year. 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 World Cup and the IPL is that he is converting starts into big scores."


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