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Young players looking to succeed need to stay focussed: AB de Villiers

by Jasvinder Singh Nov 30, -0001 • 00:00 AM

"It's flattering when people call you a game changer, but on any given day, any given player can change the course of a match either with the bat or ball. My career reached a crossroads in 2008, when I realised specifically that I needed to work on my defence to support my attacking game and, more generally, when I started to benefit from the support and guidance of a new management team," he said. de Villiars, who is also the brand ambassador of German manufacturer of luxury writing instruments Montblanc and was present at the regional launch of Meisterstück Le Petit Prince Special Edition Collection, says that the only real trend worth setting is to be the best at what you do. "All I have ever wanted to do is to realise my potential and be the best at what I do...," he said. He also has some suggestions for those who wants to make big on the cricket pitch.

"There are two elements to bear in mind when you take guard - the first is the position of the fielders, so you can try to hit the ball into gaps, and the second is the place where you think the bowler is going to deliver the ball," he said. "Cricket in its most basic form is a battle between bowler and batsman, and it is always important to try and work out what the bowler will do next, to try and cut down his options by being creative at the crease and ultimately trying to dominate this struggle," added de Villiers.

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