AB DE VILLIERS

  • World Cup 2015: Buoyant Pakistan face stern South Africa test 4 hours 42 minutes ago

    Auckland: On the back of grey skies and a persistent drizzle, an unstoppable force breezed into Auckland ahead of the weekend. AB de Villiers, in red-hot form, has refused to be denied thus far in South Africa's campaign and has been the beating heart of the run-making in what has...
  • World Cup 2015: AB de Villiers just like Matrix's Neo, says Dale Steyn 5 hours 37 minutes ago

    South Africa captain AB de Villiers' batting blitzkriegs in the last two months have been so good that even his own team mates are in awe of them, fast bowler Dale Steyn said on Friday. De Villiers has scored 241 runs in four innings at the tournament, including a stunning 162...
  • World Cup: Pakistan batsmen need to stay focussed against South Africa Yesterday

    Back to back victories must have given captain Misbah-ul-Haq a huge sigh of relief as Pakistan's fragile looking batting is gradually gaining some confidence ahead of all-important Pool B match against South Africa. After two successive losses against India and West Indies, Zimbabwe also tested Pakistan batsmen to the limits...
  • World Cup: Can't do much when Gayle or De Villiers are in form: Dhoni 2 days ago

    Perth: There is not much the bowlers or a captain can do when batsmen of the calibre of AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle are on song, says India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the defending champions prepare to clash with the West Indies on Friday. South African captain De...
  • World Cup 2015: AB de Villiers backs Dale Steyn as match-winner 2 days ago

    Canberra: South Africa captain AB de Villiers backed Dale Steyn to be a World Cup match-winner despite the strike bowler struggling to hit top form at the tournament. After an indifferent start to the World Cup, Steyn marked his 100th one-day international with 39 for 2 in the 201-run mauling of...
  • ICC World Cup: AB de Villiers hails South Africa 'rock' Hashim Amla 3 days 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 3 days 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 3 days 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 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    (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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 February 26, 2015

    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 February 26, 2015

    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...