IPL 2015: 'Best' and 'incredible' quotes from cricketers on AB de Villiers

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Bengaluru, May 12: Royal Challengers Bangalore's (RCB) AB de Villiers is "the best batsman in the world" at the moment, according to some of the present and former cricketers.

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The South African right-hander yet again showcased how he can destroy any bowling attack, by blasting a century in IPL 2015.

AB de Villiers celebrates his ton against Mumbai Indians in IPL 2015

On Sunday (May 10), De Villiers blazed his way to an unbeaten 133 off just 59 balls (19x4, 4x6) against Mumbai Indians. As a result of his onslaught, RCB won by 39 runs. The Bangalore side had scored a mammoth 235/1 in 20 overs.

As IPL 2015 heads towards its climax, here are some of the best quotes from cricketers (currently playing in IPL and also former) on De Villiers.

Virat Kohli (RCB captain)

"Playing with AB de Villiers is an absolute pleasure. He is the best in the world."

Chris Gayle (RCB)

"AB de Villiers is one of the best batsmen in the world, if not the best. It is amazing to bat with him."

David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad captain)

"I am not in the same category as AB de Villiers. He is a guy that comes out and gets himself in and then all of a sudden he just switches from slow motion to the extreme rocket or something like that. Whatever he is eating, we want some of that. That's the way he plays; it is fearless cricket."

David Miller (Kings XI Punjab and De Villiers' SA team-mate)

"I think just the shots that he plays are unbelievable. He plays everywhere around the wicket. He is the best in the world. He is very special. Not many people can do what he does."

Brendon McCullum (Chennai Super Kings)

"One of the best knocks I have ever seen! AB is playing a different game than the rest of us fellows and he does it in all three formats of the game. He is a freak of nature but he is so humble as well. When speaking after the game he just deflected the praise to everyone else. He is not only a fantastic cricketer but an absolute legend bloke as well. It is nice to see a man like that play like that and entertain the crowd like he did....But I think his balance is one thing that allows him to be as strong as he is all around the wicket. So, if I could steal one thing from him, it would be his balance while batting."

Jimmy Neesham (New Zealand)

"Has anyone ever seen AB and superman in the same room? Didn't think so.... Fear of spiders is arachnophobia. Fear of tight spaces is claustrophobia. Fear of bowling to AB is logic."

Irfan Pathan (CSK)

"I'm writing an official complaint as a bowler against AB de Villiers. All the bowers please join me. #legend."

VVS Laxman (SRH mentor and former India batsman)

"One more extraordinary knock from my favourite batsman AB de Villiers. He is destructive and consistent - a very dangerous combination"

De Villiers plays a shot during his 133 not out against MI

Mahela Jayawardene (Former Sri Lanka captain)

"How good is AB de Villiers. This is class."

Ajit Agarkar (Former India fast bowler)

"Comfortably the best batsman in the world."

Russel Arnold (Former Sri Lanka all-rounder)

"What a champ AB de Villiers. Incredible skill and execution."

Michael Vaughan (Former England captain)

"The best player in the world."

Mandeep Singh (RCB)

"AB de Villiers is a great cricketer but he is a greater man."

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Story first published: Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 14:55 [IST]
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