Former South African cricketer AB de Villiers engaged in a captivating discussion with his ex-teammate Shaun Pollock, praising English captain Ben Stokes for his outstanding performances in the ongoing Ashes series. De Villiers admired Stokes’ all-round abilities and his composure in challenging situations.
De Villiers acknowledged Stokes’ remarkable contributions and versatility as a batsman and bowler. He highlighted how calm Stokes remained throughout the series, despite losing the first two matches. De Villiers recognized the pressure Stokes faced and commended him for gracefully handling the criticism from commentators.
AB De Villiers exclaimed, “Oh, that’s an easy question; I think he’s an incredible cricket player. We watched him in that last Test match, how calm he was. All the Test matches, I can tell you now, to lose the first two Test matches in the five-match series is very nerve-wracking, but he was always just calm, especially losing that second one so close.”
Expressing his admiration for Stokes’ skills, de Villiers emphasized that he is not only a fantastic batter but also a potent bowler who can single-handedly change the course of a game. De Villiers praised Stokes as an incredible cricket player, impressed by his ability to excel in multiple facets of the game.
“I know he caught some criticism from the commentators, which I thought was a bit harsh because it’s very easy to keep criticism when you tunnel down in a series, and things are not going your way. But I thought Ben Stokes handled it very well,” De Villiers remarked.
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De Villiers’ remarks highlight the widespread recognition of Stokes’ talent and his impact on the ongoing Ashes series. Stokes’ performances have been pivotal in keeping England’s hopes alive and garnering praise from cricketing legends like de Villiers.
De Villiers continued, “He is a fantastic batter and bowler who can take the game away from the opposition with both bat and ball. “What a player.”