Kohli a great skipper, getting better, that’s scary: De Villiers

Kohli a great skipper, getting better, that’s scary: De Villiers

They may have been drubbed in South Africa and England, but batting great AB de Villiers believes India are capable of beating Australia when they tour Down Under for a four-Test series. Affectionately called Mr 360 for his all-round batting skills, de Villiers, 34, feels the fitness of their fast bowlers and the way India start the series will hold the key to their success in Australia.
“India have a very good chance. They came to South Africa and probably played better cricket in the three-Test series. They lost in England but once again that first Test was on a knife’s edge and could have gone either way which would have changed the complexion of the series. It (Aussie tour) will be challenging but they have the ability to win there,” said de Villiers, who announced his retirement from international cricket in May.
“(Jasprit) Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar (Kumar) weren’t ready in England so they (India) can get all the fast bowlers ready. They have, if not the best, one of the best bowling attacks in the world and we know what the batting unit is capable of. They have got to take the opportunities against Australia.”
The former Proteas skipper felt that if India lose the first Test, it can have a ‘snowballing effect’. “If you slip in the first Test there, it becomes a snowball and it’ll be similar to what happened in England. They slipped in South Africa, and in England it sort of snowballed down. They’ve got to start well in Australia, (then) a lot of things get easier,” said de Villiers, who holds the record of scoring the fastest ODI century in 31 balls.