Hyderabad: Former India star VVS Laxman feels AB de Villiers, without an iota of doubt, is the most complete batsman in the modern era, who has three to four shots in his repertoire for every delivery.
AB de Villiers in full flow against Delhi Daredevils in Bangalore on Tuesday. Pic/PTI and Inset VVS Laxman
"Yes, he is without a doubt," the Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor said when asked if the South African was the most complete batsman in the modern era.
"...And I feel (Glenn) Maxwell is getting there. Like Maxwell, AB can play shots all around the wicket. He has got three or four shots for one delivery. There is nothing that he cannot do when he is batting. He is quick on his feet and in his thought process.
"To execute some of the shots he has played, one has to have a quick mind, which he has done effectively not only to mediocre bowlers but also to the best in the business.
"He is quick on his feet, always thinking, and an exceptional runner between wickets, which makes him a complete cricketer," he added.
The elegant batsman said de Villiers have the perfect blend of orthodoxy and innovation. "That is why he is complete. Because of his good basic technique, even on tough conditions, he can adapt quickly.
"To unsettle the opposition, he can play some freak shots and get his innovation into the picture and change the game single-handedly. He has the potential to play aggressively and be defensive at the same time."