AB DE VILLIERS

  • ICC World Cup: AB de Villiers hails South Africa 'rock' Hashim Amla 5 hours 21 minutes ago

    Canberra: South Africa captain AB de Villiers hailed Hashim Amla as the team's "rock" after the opener cracked 159 in the crushing 201-run World Cup win over Ireland on Tuesday. Amla reached his 20th one-day international century faster than any batsman, his career-best score coming in his 108th innings, with India's...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Ireland, World Cup 2015 15 hours 6 minutes ago

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Quick Preview: Ireland go into Tuesday's World Cup clash against South Africa in Canberra faced with a question that even fanciful Test nations have struggled to find an answer for. How does one tame the rampaging AB de Villiers before...
  • World Cup: Shaun Pollock expects De Villiers to fire against Ireland 23 hours 7 minutes ago

    Canberra: Former South Africa cricket captain Shaun Pollock on Monday said current skipper AB de Villiers could produce "something really special" in their World Cup Pool B match against Ireland at the Manuka Oval on Tuesday, having seen both of the South African captain's destructive innings in the last month. "After...
  • World Cup 2015: Spirited Ireland ready for daunting South Africa challenge Yesterday

    South Africa have won 32 and lost just 16 of the 50 World Cup matches that they've played since 1992. Of those, only two of the defeats could be regarded as major shocks. At Chelmsford in 1999, a virtuoso display from Neil Johnson provided the impetus for a 48-run Zimbabwe...
  • AB de Villiers expected to score big against Ireland in World Cup Yesterday

    Canberra: South Africa players have said they're in awe of skipper AB de Villiers' current form, with high expectations of another record-breaking innings when he faces Ireland in a World Cup Pool B match on Tuesday. Allrounder Farhann Behardien on Monday said he had goose bumps when he batted with De...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Fans enjoy Gayle and De Villiers, not the bowlers Yesterday

    (Legendary Pakistan batsman Zaheer Abbas, IBN World Cup Cricket Expert, is contributing exclusively for Cricketnext. Catch him Live in pre- and post-match shows throughout the ICC World Cup 2015 only on CNN-IBN and IBN7) The on-going World Cup is a true testimony of the fact that people come in large numbers...
  • World Cup 2015: India go from butterfingers to electric-heels in the field 2 days ago

    Mumbai: It is one of the accepted truths of international cricket that fielding is not India's particular forte but Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men have taken bold steps towards altering that reputation at the World Cup. Too often in the past, India's fast bowlers have been liabilities in the field, while during...
  • ICC World Cup: AB de Villiers backs Jason Holder to succeed as captain 3 days ago

    Sydney: South Africa skipper AB de Villiers backed his young West Indies counterpart Jason Holder to succeed as captain, saying he expects the Caribbean side to pose a threat in the ongoing cricket World Cup. The 23-year-old Holder has had a rough initiation, suffering a 1-4 drubbing from South Africa in...
  • Watch: Record-breaking De Villiers arrives at ICC World Cup, Day 14 highlights 3 days ago

    South Africa's run-monger AB de Villiers added the fastest 150 in ODIs to his world records of fastest 50 and fastest 100 as Jason Holder's West Indies were handed out a batting tutorial. Highlights from day 14 of the ICC World Cup. ...
  • World Cup 2015: AB de Villiers 'best of century', says Imran Tahir 3 days ago

    Sydney: South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir described captain AB de Villiers as "the best player of the century" after the skipper smashed a whirlwind, undefeated 162 against the West Indies at the World Cup. De Villiers made his runs off just 66 balls as South Africa raced to the second-highest World...
  • ICC World Cup, Week 2: Gayle, De Villiers steal the thunder 3 days ago

    Not that the World Cup was bereft of runs in week one, but Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers chose to write 'BOWLERS BEWARE' in all caps and bold. While West Indies provided the Cup its first ever double centurion, South Africa got over the 'choking' sensation in signature AB...
  • World Cup: It all comes down to hard work for AB de Villiers 4 days ago

    Sydney: AB de Villiers smashed West Indies bowlers from pillar to post for the quickest 150 in one-day internationals on Friday but the South African skipper said only hard work earns a batsman the right to dominate in such a fashion. The 31-year-old's innings of 162 not out from 66 balls...
  • ICC World Cup: AB de Villiers vs West Indies, a blow-by-blow account 4 days ago

    AB de Villiers 162 not out off just 66 balls, including fastest ever ODI 150 in 64 balls, and then South Africa 408 for 5 - the Sydney crowd was treated to a feast in the ICC World Cup on Friday. If there ever was an exhibition on how to bat...
  • AB de Villiers - came, hammered, conquered; 162 off 66 4 days ago

    Soon the dictionary for cricket synonyms will have AB de Villiers listed under fireworks. West Indies would admit that, and this: that nuclear weapons can't be much different than this South African's bat. He demolishes bowlers and bowling figures like a crater on missile-testing land. Jason Holder will be feeling the...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs West Indies, World Cup 2015, Match 19 4 days ago

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Brief Preview: If you go by numbers alone, Friday's clash in Sydney is one of the biggest mismatches of the tournament. South Africa haven't just dominated West Indies in recent seasons, they've toyed with them, winning 16 of their last...
  • World Cup: South Africa need to do better against West Indies, says AB de Villiers 5 days ago

    Usually, it's in the latter stages of a global tournament that South Africa are subjected to C-word jibes. At the 2015 World Cup, it's taken just two matches - an unconvincing win against Zimbabwe, followed by a 130-run thrashing at the hands of India. "They've got their choke in early,"...
  • World Cup: Chris Gayle backs out of training but no problem, says West Indies 5 days ago

    Sydney: West Indies captain Jason Holder on Thursday played down Chris Gayle's absence from training on the eve of the team's crunch World Cup Pool B match with South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Gayle, who has a chronic back complaint, hit the highest-ever individual World Cup score of 215,...
  • South Africa fined for slow over-rate at Cricket World Cup February 23, 2015

    Melbourne: South Africa have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during Sunday's World Cup match against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the International Cricket Council said. Match referee Jeff Crowe found the South Africans fell one over short in the stipulated time and docked skipper AB de Villiers 20...
  • World Cup: It's embarrassing, I feel sad about it, says AB de Villiers February 22, 2015

    Melbourne: A dejected South Africa captain AB de Villiers said the "embarrassing" 130-run defeat against India was a severe dent to their confidence and the team will have to lick their wounds for a while now. "Yeah, it's a big knock for us to get beaten by 130 runs. It's almost embarrassing....
  • AS it happened: India vs South Africa, World Cup, Match 13, Pool B February 22, 2015

    (For Live updates, scroll down to view the blog) Quick Preview: After a terrific and unexpectedly smooth start to their title defence, India will have to soak in the pressure against a team they have never beaten at the World Cup. South Africa will perhaps be the toughest test for the...
  • ICC World Cup: Key battles that set up India-South Africa clash February 21, 2015

    The Cricket World Cup over the years has produced some riveting encounters that have got fans engrossed around the world. While some have gone on to create history, others have dressed to the nines since the advent of coloured clothing in limited-overs cricket. There are very few sides in world cricket...
  • World Cup 2015: De Villiers fears pitch will blunt Proteas' pacers vs India February 21, 2015

    Melbourne: South Africa captain AB de Villiers believes the pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for Sunday's World Cup clash against defending champions India will not favour his fast bowlers, saying batsmen should revel on it. "I've played here in the past and I have never played at the MCG with...
  • Captaincy will decide 2015 World Cup winners February 20, 2015

    Team India breezed through their first encounter against Pakistan without much fuss, and given the high scoring games thus far in the 2015 World Cup, it does seem that bowlers will be under the hammer right through the tournament. That being the case, the onus will be on the captains...
  • World Cup 2015: India have to do what Pakistan couldn't February 20, 2015

    In AB de Villiers, India will be up against fourth different captain in as many World Cup meetings with the African giants, but what MS Dhoni's boys will like to change is the losing trend in all three previous Cup matches against the Proteas. Kepler Wessels, Hansie Cronje and Graeme Smith...
  • Will Kirsten's presence give South Africa a big advantage over India? February 19, 2015

    The 47-year-old is back with AB de Villiers' side as a consultant for 50 days a year and joined the squad on Wednesday. ...
  • India's danger zones against South Africa: three apparent, two hidden February 19, 2015

    A South African safari is fraught with danger. The jeep may be grilled out but there's always an urge to venture out and pose for the shutterbug - like a hero with some beast in the background. An inch here or there or a moment of carelessness can be fatal...
  • As it happened: IPL 2015 auction, Bangalore February 16, 2015

    (For Live updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Top cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Hashim Amla will be the star attractions in IPL 8 auctions that will see quite a few Indian and International players going under the hammer. Last year's most expensive buy, Yuvraj, who was picked by...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Zimbabwe, World Cup 2015, Pool B, Match 3 February 15, 2015

    (For Live blog and updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) South Africa will look to justify their status as one of the favourites to win the World Cup with a potentially tricky Pool B opener against minnows Zimbabwe in Hamilton. Led by the swashbuckling AB de Villiers, South...
  • South Africa seek World Cup kick-start against improving Zimbabwe February 14, 2015

    Hamilton: South Africa will look to justify their status as one of the favourites to win the World Cup with a potentially tricky Pool B opener against minnows Zimbabwe in Hamilton on Sunday. Led by the swashbuckling AB de Villiers, South Africa appear to have all bases covered, with depth in...