AB tops in ODIs – wants Test spot too

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It’s an ambition he has long held and now AB de Villiers is halfway there.

Yesterday he moved up to No1 in the world rankings for one-day cricket and he has set his next objective as becoming the top Test batsman.

De Villiers’s rise to the top took off last November when he scored 121 against England at Newlands in the third of four ODIs.

Two months later he scored three successive centuries, two against India (114 and 102 not out) and one against West Indies (102).

In his last 10 ODI innings, starting with the century in Cape Town, De Villiers has scored 667 runs at an average of 95.2.

He is also the only international batsman to have averaged more than 100 (104.8) in the current calendar year and this, along with the number of centuries he has scored, contributed to De Villiers replacing Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the No1 spot.

“I am thrilled and proud to get this accolade,” De Villiers said.

“My aim is always to do well for the team and to help the Proteas to win trophies, but it is nice to be acknowledged in this way.”

De Villiers, who is with the Proteas at a training camp in George, has set his next target as becoming the world’s No1 batsman in Test cricket.

“Two years ago I said I wanted to be the best batsman in the world and it is pleasing to see that I am starting to get results,” he said.

Four other South Africans join De Villiers on the world rankings, with Hashim Amla holding onto his fourth spot, though he is now level with Sri Lanka’s Tillekeratne Dilshan, and Jacques Kallis sitting at seventh. Graeme Smith is 13th and Herschelle Gibbs is 18th.

De Villiers is recovering from successful ankle surgery and his training will be limited at the Proteas camp.

The Proteas start their season in the first week of October when Zimbabwe tour South Africa for two Twenty20 games followed by three ODIs.

Source: Times Live – August 31, 2010 / MICHAEL BRATT

AB becomes world number one

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AB de Villiers’s outstanding form of the past season in which he scored four ODI centuries including three in successive matches against India and the West Indies has earned him the ultimate individual award.

He is now ranked the No 1 batsman in the world on the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI rankings and the only one with more than 800 rankings points.

De Villiers earned the man of the match award for his brilliant century against England in the MTN ODI at Sahara Park Newlands and then made back-to-back centuries against India at Gwalior and Ahmedabad followed by another century in his next match against the West Indies at Antigua.

He averaged 70 in the series against the West Indies and 241 against India. He is the only batsman with an average of more than 100 (104) in the current calendar year.

De Villiers is currently out of action, having undergone successful ankle surgery in the off-season, but he has still swopped places with the former No 1, Indian captain MS Dhoni, as a result of the recent triangular series between India, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

Hashim Amla remains No 4 but he is now tied with Sri Lanka’s Tillekeratne Dilshan. Jacques Kallis is the other South African in the top ten at No 7.

Graeme Smith (13) and Herschelle Gibbs (18) complete a strong Proteas’ representation in the top 20.

“I am thrilled and proud to get this accolade,” commented De Villiers. “My ultimate aim is always to do well for the team and to help the Proteas to win trophies but it is nice to be acknowledged in this way.

“I would like to improve my test ranking as well. Two years ago I said I wanted to be the best batsman in the world and it is pleasing to see that I am starting to get results.”

De Villiers will join the Proteas’ conditioning camp in George today (Monday) although his activities will be limited by the rehabilitation from his ankle surgery.

“It is coming on nicely,” he said, “and I can’t wait to pick up my cricket bat again.”

Source: SuperSport – August 30, 2010

De Villiers tops ODI rankings

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AB de Villiers has hailed his rise to the top of the one-day international batting rankings as a proud moment, but admits there is still room for improvement.

The South Africa number four overtook Mahendra Singh Dhoni over the weekend after the India captain managed just 140 runs during his five matches of the Tri-series involving Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

“I am thrilled and proud to get this accolade,” said De Villiers. “My ultimate aim is always to do well for the team and to help the Proteas to win trophies. But it is nice to be acknowledged in this way.”

The 26-year-old, ranked 11th in Test cricket, is the only batsman with an average of more than 100 (104) in the current calendar year.

And he says his next target is to improve his record in the longer format.

He continued: “I would like to improve my Test ranking as well.

“Two years ago I said I wanted to be the best batsman in the world and it is pleasing to see that I am starting to get results.”

Source: UKPA – August 30, 2010

SASI’s 20 Questions with AB de Villiers – Transcript.

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Click here to read a transcript of the Sports Illustrated interview with AB!

20 Questions with AB de Villiers

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As some of you might remember, Sports Illustrated recently had the honour of having Proteas superstar AB de Villiers guest-edit the October edition.

As you would expect, AB was a hero during his time in the offices, game for anything and always willing to give you some of his time.

SI online cornered him for a quick video session of 20 Questions, and there were some revelations – including a first-hand account of who eats more during lunchtime in the Proteas set-up, and the most irritating player he has come up against.

Click here to watch the video; or here to read a transcript of the interview!

Source: Sports Illustrated SA – August 25, 2010