Known for his marvelous and astonishing batting display, the former South African batsman AB de Villiers is one of the most cherished names of the modern-era cricket.
The dashing ability of dismantling any kind of bowling attack on any track in the world, Mr. 360° was destructive yet a calm and composed individual at the same time.
Having the batting average of fifty-plus in Test and One Day cricket, we couldn’t assume that a batsmen holding this impressive record did have a rough patch in his career.
Judging by his record book, AB de Villiers’ career is apparently a flourishing ride but veteran batsman himself reflected on the dark phase of his career in his biography.
In his book, De Villiers recalled the period of his career when he was failing to score heavily.
When India toured South Africa for the three-match Test series in 2006/07, AB de Villiers did have an extravagantly troubling experience against the visitors.
The former South African batsman AB de Villers scored only 102 runs with a poor average of 17 in six innings.
First Test! Pakistan, the opposition! SuperSport Park, the venue! AB de Villiers reached the crease to start the journey of his redemption.
Carrying the anxiety of the horrific batting form and fear of losing the honour of playing Test cricket, AB de Villiers hoped only of flying colours but there came an ultimate hurdle in his path, GUESS WHO? The Swing and Seam Bowling Marvel Mohammad Asif!
“Tell me what happened next author?”
Let’s get the scrumptious bite of the story from the LEGEND himself.
“We are playing the first Test again Pakistan at Centurion, Mohammad Asif, a fine fast bowler, is not helping my situation. He nips the ball around in both directions and, still opening, I am still struggling. In the first innings, I am dismissed by Asif for four.
In the second innings, I am dismissed by Asif for 12 and, immediately after getting out, I head straight for the showers at Supersport Park. There is no one else around. And nobody notices as, in despair, I stand under the water and cry – properly cry,” Text quoted from AB, The Autobiography, which released on September 8, 2018.
AB de Villiers unfolded numerous of interesting events from his career in his biography.
The former South African captain De Villiers also revealed in his book that the legendary all-rounder Jacques Kallis helped him massively during a dark phase of his career.
IF YOU ARE A TRUE LOVER OF THE GAME, I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TO READ AB: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY
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