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Virat Kohli earns record $2.7m salary for 2018 IPL campaign

New Delhi: Batting star Virat Kohli will pick up the Indian Premier League’s largest-ever salary — $2.7 million — in this year’s tournament, with a host of big foreign names including Australian captain Steve Smith also cashing in. Kohli will stay with Royal Challengers Bangalore alongside South Africa’s AB de Villiers, who will earn $1.7…

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Cricket: De Villiers, Steyn back in Test squad

Johannesburg: AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn were on Tuesday named in a 14-man squad for South Africa’s one-off day-night Test against Zimbabwe, starting in Port Elizabeth on December 26. Batsman De Villiers has not played Test cricket since January 2016 while fast bowler Steyn suffered a fractured shoulder in a Test against Australia in…

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Virat Kohli tops ODI batting rankings again

DUBAI: Virat Kohli reclaimed his throne as the world’s best one-day international batsman Monday after smashing his sixth ton of the year in India’s series-clinching victory over New Zealand. The India skipper, who cracked a 106-ball 113 in Kanpur, surpassed South Africa’s AB de Villiers as number one as he resumed the top spot after…

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Cricket: De Villiers quits as South Africa ODI skipper

JOHANNESBURG: Star batsman AB de Villiers quit as South Africa one-day international (ODI) skipper Wednesday, but committed to representing his country in all three cricket formats. “Faf du Plessis has proved to be an outstanding captain of the Twenty20 and Test teams,” he said in a statement. “Bearing this in mind, I have informed Cricket…

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De Villiers aims for T20 success after Champions Trophy heartbreak

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa captain AB de Villiers wants the Twenty20 series against England to help soothe the Proteas’ wounds after their early exit from the Champions Trophy. De Villiers’ men did not make it out of the group stage of the eight-team one-day international tournament, their fate sealed with a thumping defeat by India at…

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Champions Trophy winner Pakistan surprised all of us: AB de Villiers

London: South Africa captain AB de Villiers wants the Twenty20 series against England to help soothe the Proteas’ wounds after their early exit from the Champions Trophy. He praises Pakistan performance in Champions trophy. De Villiers’ men did not make it out of the group stage of the eight-team one-day international tournament, their fate sealed…

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Champions Trophy: Pakistan face Proteas in do-or-die encounter

BIRMINGHAM: Pakistan will be playing to stay alive in the ICC Champions Trophy as they take on South Africa in their Group B fixture at Birmingham on Wednesday, Samaa reported. The match will start at 05.30 pm Pakistan Standard Time (PST). Pakistan has to beat the Proteas if they are to remain in contention for…

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Watch: AB de Villiers scores 24 runs off Dale Steyn over

AB de Villiers hammered 24 runs runs off Dale Steyn over in the 2014 edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).

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Here’s how AB de Villiers’ wife inspired him to hit 9 sixes in IPL match

MOHALI: South African and Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman AB de Villiers credited his wife’s words which made him confident enough to dent the opposition with a spectacular innings on his first match in IPL 10, on Monday. AB de Villiers is regarded highly as a batsman of note and one who can hit mammoth shots…

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AB de Villiers regains top ICC spot

South Africa’s AB de Villiers has regained the top spot in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen after leading the list of run-scorers in the recent series against New Zealand which his side won 3-2. De Villiers’s 262 runs in the series, including a highest of 85 in the third ODI at…

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South Africa’s de Villiers tops 9,000 ODI runs

WELLINGTON: South African AB de Villiers passed the 9,000-run milestone in one-day internationals in the third ODI against New Zealand in Wellington on Saturday. De Villiers is the 18th player and second South African behind Jacques Kallis to reach the 9,000 mark but has the highest average of 53.86 and is the only one of…

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Proteas have ‘unfinished business’ in New Zealand

CENTURION: South Africa’s cricketers have “unfinished business” in New Zealand, according to one-day captain AB de Villiers. Speaking ahead of the team’s departure for New Zealand on Saturday, De Villiers said South Africa were keen to avenge their defeat by the Black Caps in a dramatic 2015 World Cup semi-final which was marked by controversy…

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Sri Lanka claim T20 series in De Villiers’ comeback

CAPE TOWN: AB de Villiers hit a half-century on his return to international cricket, but it was not enough to prevent Sri Lanka from beating South Africa in the series-deciding third and final Twenty20 international at Newlands on Wednesday.

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Cricket: Duminy revelling in revival

Less than 12 months after realising his Test career was at the crossroads, South African batsman JP Duminy has embraced new responsibility in his team’s middle order. Duminy, 32, burst onto the Test scene in 2008 with a stunning start to his career, but has never quite fulfilled that early promise since. On debut, he…

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S. Africa make 209/5 against Afghanistan at WT20

MUMBAI: AB de Villiers hit a quick-fire half century as South Africa made 209 for five against Afghanistan in their World Twenty20 clash in Mumbai on Sunday. The right-handed batsman scored 64 off just 29 balls after Proteas captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and opted to bat first in the Super 10 Group One…

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Five players to watch at the World T20

NEW DELHI: Five players to watch in the World Twenty20, whose preliminary stage starts in India on Tuesday: CHRIS GAYLE (West Indies) — The explosive batsman is one of cricket’s biggest personalities, but never far from controversy. The Jamaican was fined US$7,000 after he asked an Australian interviewer reporter out on live TV at the…

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Pakistani cricketers and Their How-TOLET Bios

Written By: Shahid Wafa   The talent of our national cricketers is not hidden from anyone. The whole nation watches them hitting many sixes and taking wickets with fierce deliveries…in TV commercials, everyday. Our players’ performance in the field of cricket often calls for criticism but their show of skills in the field of advertisement…

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De Villiers appointed South Africa test captain

JOHANNESBURG: AB de Villiers has been appointed as the full-time captain of South Africa’s test team, ending speculation he could retire from the longest format of the game to ease his workload. Cricket South Africa made the announcement on Friday after De Villiers was appointed for the final two tests of the recently completed series…

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Talking points from India-South Africa ODIs

NEW DELHI: Talking points from the five-match one-day series between India and South Africa, which the tourists clinched 3-2 late on Sunday: Chokers? Not South Africa for sure — South Africa’s 3-2 ODI win which followed the 2-0 rout in the Twenty20 series proved once again that the Proteas are among the best travellers in…

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AB de Villiers power-packed century against India

AB de Villiers struck a sparkling century from 57 balls as South Africa thrashed India to win the five-match cricket series. Watch the highlights of his power-packed century.

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Big-scoring S. Africa thrash India to win ODI series

MUMBAI: Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers all hit centuries as South Africa thrashed India by 214 wins on Sunday to clinch the five-match one-day international series. The Proteas batted first at a sweltering Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and made an awesome 438-4, the fourth-highest ODI total on record and the…

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