Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra believes that India has the largest number of cricket fans in the world, and after showing love and support to our own players, if the fans have given love to anyone, it’s South African legend AB de Villiers.

The Legendary South African batsman announced his retirement from international cricket in May 2018, after representing South Africa in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is and scoring 20,014 runs across all formats.

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Ab de Villiers Announces Retirement From All Forms Of Cricket Including IPL
Ab de Villiers Announces Retirement From All Forms Of Cricket Including IPL

Meanwhile, recently the 37-year-old announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Friday, and he will no longer be part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and all the other franchise cricket leagues in the world.

Talking about AB de Villiers on his YouTube channel Aakash Chopra said that the proteas legend is the “biggest brand ambassador and goodwill ambassador” of cricket.

We have the largest fan base in terms of numbers all over the world. After our own Indian players, if we have given love to anyone, it’s AB. We have always thought he is one of our own.

“We have adopted him. He is the biggest brand ambassador and goodwill ambassador of this sport. Not only his playing style but his selfless spirit is also admired by all,” he asserted.

Ab de Villiers Played Swing, Bounce And Spin Equally Well – Aakash Chopra

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

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Cricketer-turned-commentator Chopra labelled De Villiers as the “finest all-format versatile batter of all times” and said that he was equally effective against swing, bounce, spin or any other deliveries.

“(He was) a player who could mould his batting style in all three formats. AB approached all three formats being different characters and was successful in all of them.

“This is a rare quality in a batter. He played swing, bounce and spin equally well. The finest all-format versatile batter of all times. We are privileged to have watched him,” he said.

AB de Villiers, ODI World Cup 2015
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

Chopra further added that De Villiers is such a big name in cricket, but he doesn’t have any ego in him and was a complete team player and could fit in any position in the team.

He is such a big player but you can’t see any ego in him. You will always be in awe of him, such is the kind of aura he has. He is a complete team player, who kept wickets at the age of 37 to provide balance in the side.

“He is a player who could fit in at any position. Absolutely incredible, unbelievable player! Whatever he did for cricket, the whole fraternity will owe him forever,” he maintained.

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