‘De Villiers is the most valuable cricketer on the planet’, says Adam Gilchrist

"His versatility is extraordinary and he is amazing to watch"

“His versatility is extraordinary and he is amazing to watch”

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Former Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist believes that South Africa ODI captain AB de Villiers “is the most valuable cricketer on the planet”.

“De Villiers is the most valuable cricketer on the planet,” Gilchrist said. “His versatility is extraordinary and he is amazing to watch.

“He’s so inventive…he can play a touch game or a power game. Then, he can also keep wickets. He’s also one of the best fielders in the world and recently has taken some wickets when he had a bowl. And he leads his team very well, so, I think he’s the most valuable cricketer around.”

Gilchrist also noted that he is looking forward to the World Cup next month since there are numerous teams in with a chance of hoisting the coveted trophy.

“I think next month’s tournament is going to be really exciting,” he said. “Conditions, particularly in Australia, are going to be conducive to high scores, entertaining cricket and flamboyant play.

“In New Zealand, there are more result-based wickets on offer, as there’s normally a bit in them for the bowlers. The batsmen might struggle a bit more over there but I think we’re going to see an exciting and a close tournament.”

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