7 Minutes with AB de Villiers

How long have you been living in Pretoria?
I spent my high school years at Affies in Pretoria and have been living here ever since. So, this is my 12th year in Pretoria now.

What do you love most about Pretoria?
It’s a city with an awesome vibe and atmosphere!! I do enjoy other parts of South Africa too, but no place makes me feel more at home than the Jacaranda city!!

How many days a year are you actually in Pretoria?
We travel quite a lot, but I get to spend a bit of time at home between tournaments/series’ and a few weeks in our off season. Definitely not often enough though! All together about 60 or 70 days a year.

Where’s your favorite hang out in Pretoria?
I enjoy the atmosphere and food at Crawdaddy’s in Garsfontein road, I also enjoy to spend a bit of time at News Cafe and Rhapsody’s in Menlyn and Parkview.

You know that old question about inviting anyone in the world – dead or alive – to dinner. Who would be sitting at your dinner table?
Matt Damon (I’ve listened to Wackhead pranking him on his new CD, what a legend)!!

During the test series against England the Sa bowling attack was left exposed at times, especially in the spin department. How does this affect preparation for the upcoming tour to India?
I think we’ve got a very talented bowling attack and really believe that there are nothing to worry about. We might’ve been a bit out of form going into this season, but I know that we’ll be back with a bang!!

The Proteas experienced a less than average performance in the opening partnership over the last couple of test. Up against the likes of Guatam Ghambir, Sashin Tendulkar and Virendar Sehwag, how will SA side cope?
It’s more a question of how they’ll cope in South African conditions!! We all know that it’s pretty tough facing the new ball in our home country and I back our openers to do very well in India. Just like we did not too long ago!

How is the teams morale heading into what proves to be a very testing schedule this year. After being no 1 in both the one day and test arena, will the team’s average performance in the last series against England prove to be a form of impetus for the rest of the year?
Well, hopefully not. We’ve all got the ”never say die” attitude and will do anything to get back into good form and play the cricket we know we can.

Source: Pretoria.co.za – January 15, 2010

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