Indian Premier League

AB de Villiers: Central pillar of IPL ... and already firing in 2021

Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
AB de Villiers for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (AFP)
AB de Villiers for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (AFP)
Indranil MUKHERJEE / AFP

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has had some illustrious "guest" players from other countries throughout its already 13-edition history.

Lasith Malinga, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, David Warner, Kieron Pollard, Mike Hussey … they are stats-based heavyweights of the glitzy tournament, the 14th version of which kicked off in Chennai on Friday, and it has also been a home at varying times for other international icons like Ricky Ponting, Brendon McCullum, Kumar Sangakkara, Shane Warne, Albie Morkel, Jacques Kallis and a host of others.

But then there's a certain AB de Villiers: "Modern genius … has it all" in the words immediately ahead of game one (against Mumbai Indians) of renowned English commentator Mark Nicholas.

There’s more to this story
Subscribe to News24 and get access to our exclusive journalism and features today.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Sign in
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
40% - 13886 votes
Cricket
13% - 4324 votes
Football
19% - 6435 votes
Athletics
3% - 889 votes
Boxing
1% - 333 votes
Cycling
2% - 800 votes
Golf
5% - 1736 votes
Motorsport
9% - 2936 votes
Tennis
3% - 1205 votes
Water sports
1% - 317 votes
American sports
1% - 429 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 1152 votes
Vote