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Mentor De Villiers hopes Proteas proteges 'remember that old guy'

Mentor De Villiers hopes Proteas proteges 'remember that old guy'

It has been nearly a rebirth for AB de Villiers and the South African star believes it too, likening his comeback to making a debut. With De Villiers taking a sabbatical from Test cricket, South Africa were investing in Temba Bavuma.

Just two Tests and that notion is back already, with Kohli and his bunch of "aggressive" boys flunking their first real test, the three-match series with a Test to spare.

Kohli also became the second India batsman after Sunil Gavaskar to reach the 900-point mark in the latest ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen, which were released following the conclusion of the Centurion Test against South Africa.

"For us, every game is a home game."Thus spoke Ravi Shastri in his usual, no filter avatar before India's first Test against South Africa". But the batting debacles have cost India the match. But you are never guaranteed of a result. "So I don't think like that and I feel at the best phase of my life right now".

AB de Villiers, though, batted as if on a different plane.

South Africa coach Ottis Gibson was asked in the lead-up to the series if the Indian pace attack had enough in it to make them reconsider the usual policy of batting first in Cape Town. They will come out fighting and wanting to finish well in the Test series and wanting to take that confidence into the ODIs.

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"It feels like my debut back in 2004 when I started as an opening batsman then a keeper at no.7 and back to opening, and up and down". "It's amusing with my comeback now similar to back in the day. They have showed a lot more skill and definitely there is a lot more pace than we expected", de Villiers said. But it has been very enjoyable.

"I love having an impact on some of the youngsters in the team and to drive them and hopefully one day they will remember that old guy who had a good impact on me", he said. You never get up feeling a 100%.

As for IPL, de Villiers said he will meet up with Kohli and chalk out plans. "The Indian players are so warm that they gave the driver tickets to bring his friends and family and in fact, I used one of those as one of my friends wanted to watch the game", he told CricketNext.

De Villiers also confirmed that he was feeling as fit as he had ever been in the 13-year-career, despite the occupational hazard of an odd niggle or two.

This is probably the only India series in recent times in which selection calls have been put under as much scrutiny as the performances on the field.Kohli had his knives out as soon as questions regarding his choice of the playing XI popped up after the second Test, but if a captain is in the business of making bold decisions - as Kohli is - he must be prepared to either get lauded for it or the stick.There's absolutely no harm in Kohli going by his gut feeling about selection matters.


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