Abraham Benjamin de Villiers, better known as AB de Villiers, who is currently enjoying his life off the pitch after announcing retirement from all formats of international cricket, says young players need to make tough choices to succeed as there are always a lot of distractions which come their way.
"There are a lot of distractions that any player must navigate in their career. It can feel like everyone wants a piece of you when you get closer to the top," de Villiers told IANS in an e-mail interview.
"When you enter the public stage, there is a lot of pressure on your shoulders to perform at the highest level every time. Any young player looking to succeed needs to make tough choices, work hard and always stay focussed. Starting a family and recovering from injury, I managed to find a balance," he added.
In the inaugural Test match of Afghanistan at Bengaluru, India bowled them out for mere 109 after posting 474 on board. At one point, Afghanistan seemed they might get bowled under 100 as they had lost their 9th wicket at 88. However, Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s late but short blitz ensured Afghanistan’s score go pasts 100 and finally got all out at 109. This marks the fifth lowest total for a team which is making its debut in Tests. On that note, let’s take a look at top four lowest team totals in their respective debut Test.
Not many have cracked the mantra of living life in the moment and not chose a perfect time and place in the future to become happy, and precisely to travel. Yes, travelling and exploring the world is equal to experiencing nirvana for many, but the whole enthusiasm takes a backseat when you have small kids, who consume whole of your time and attention and leave you wonder how you can travel with your over-enthusiastic, energy-packed and tantrum-throwing kids.
However, just see the Instagram accounts of former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes and his wife Melanie Rhodes, and you might start thinking otherwise. Their vacation is more about being close to the nature, experiencing life up close and most importantly living in the moment. And the couple do that with their four kids, under the age of 10. Check it out.
Indian cricketers have been very particular about their diet under the leadership of Virat Kohli and they are asking for all their favourite Indian dishes in the Rainbow Nation as well. From Dal Makhni to Chicken Rezala - we reveal what Team India player s have been eating during the tour.
In one of the best ODI matches ever played, South Africa successfully chased down a target of 435 set by Australia inside 50 overs at Johannesburg on this day in 2006. Electing to bat first after winning the toss, on a flat Wanderers pitch, Australia put up a world record score of 434-4 from their 50 overs, thanks to a blistering 164 off 105 from Ricky Ponting. In reply, South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs played the innings of his career, scoring 175 off just 111 to take the Proteas to a historic victory. Graeme Smith scored 90 off 55 at the top. Mark Boucher's unbeaten fifty and some valuable contributions from the tail helped South Africa win with one wicket and one ball to spare.
In their first ever World Cup match 1992 at Sydney, South Africa took on host Australia and stunned them with their brilliant performance. After opting to bat first, Allan Border-led Australia were crushed by the likes of Allan Donald aka 'White Lightning', Adrian Kuiper and Brian McMillan. Moreover, not to forget the contribution made by pacer Richard Snell as well, who tamed Australians. From his spell of 9 overs, Snell bowled a maiden and conceded only 15 but went wicketless. Donald struck thrice, while McMillan and Kuiper got two each to reduce Australia at 170 for 9 at the end of the innings (49-over match). Coming to chase, South Africa pulled it off with ease by chasing the target in 46.5 overs. Kepler Wessels scored 81 not out, while Peter Kirsten remained not out at 49. That victory was like an announcement for South Africa in world of cricket post-apartheid. Captain Wessels was awarded Man of the Match for his knock and applaudable leadership.