After his stellar-run in the 6-ODI series against South Africa, India captain Virat Kohli now breaks another Sachin Tendulkar record. Kohli aggregated 558 runs in the series against South Africa— the most by a batsman in a bilateral ODI series. This includes three centuries as well.
Following such tremendous performances with bat and as captain, Kohli breaks 900 point barrier in ICC ODI batting rankings. He becomes the first Indian to earn more than 900 points in the ranking; breaking previous best by an Indian of Tendulkar of 887.
Indian pace sensation Jasprit Bumrah recalled one incident in the 2014 edition of the Indian Premier League when he sledged the premier South African and Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman AB de Villiers.
In the chat show 'What The Duck', Bumrah spoke of how he said something to De Villiers after picking his wicket but AB did not listen to it. He said, "I usually don’t sledge. I try to do my own business. In IPL, I got AB de Villiers’ wicket and then I went crazy and said all kinds of things but he didn’t see. But he must’ve watched it on TV inside the room.”
South Africa ODI captain AB de Villiers and his wife Danielle have been blessed with a baby boy – their second child. De Villiers confirmed this news on social media.
De Villiers wrote on Instagram, "John Richard de Villiers was born at 11 am on Monday the 17th and both Danielle and John are safe at home. My wife is the most amazing woman and once again showed incredible courage and strength through all of this." His AB Jr. was born on June 23, 2015. De Villiers was on national duty in Bangladesh but flew back to welcome his child.
De Villiers recently led South Africa in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, where his side crashed out of the tournament in the group stage. However, he returned to England to lead his side in the T20I series against England, where his side lost the series 2-1.
South Africa coach Russell Domingo has reapplied for the team's coaching job. His contract expires in August. Earlier Domingo had hinted that he was not going to continue as the coach of the South African side but all such reports have gone for a toss.
In an interview given to ESPNcricinfo, he said, "I have forwarded my application form and I have gone through an interview."
Domingo said that his team has a lot to achieve and that includes an ICC silverware. He said, "There's a lot I'd like to achieve with this side - an ICC event is a big thing for us. We've also started the process of rebuilding our Test side. We're still not where we need to be, we've got our ranking back up but there's still a lot of work to be done."
Former South African captain Graeme Smith said that his advice to AB de Villiers will be to do away with the ODI captaincy and concentrate alone on batting. He was quoted as saying on Wisden Cricket, "My advice to him would be to step away from the captaincy, and concentrate his energy into maintaining his levels in white ball cricket for the next two years.”
He added, "Put simply, if that is what’s best for him and the longevity of his career, then that is what’s best for South African cricket."
Smith said that ABD has already made huge sacrifices for the South African cricket. In his words, "AB has already made huge sacrifices for South African cricket, over such a long period of time, and with the next ICC World Cup just two years away, it’s likely that he is targeting that tournament as a swansong to his already illustrious career at the top level."