Former South African captain AB de Villiers is optimistic about England’s aggressive approach, known as ‘Bazball,’ in the upcoming Test series against India. De Villiers, who has experience playing in challenging conditions, believes that an attacking brand of cricket can be successful in Indian conditions. He cited the example of Aiden Markram’s success in Newlands, emphasizing that players who adopt a conservative approach might struggle.
Expressing his confidence in England’s strategy, AB de Villiers highlighted that aggressive cricket tends to flourish in rough conditions. However, he acknowledged that he doesn’t know the reason behind Virat Kohli’s decision to miss the first two Tests, citing personal reasons.
In the recent video on his Youtube channel, AB de Villiers said, “I feel Bazball, or any attacking brand of cricket in Indian conditions will work very well. It can work in any rough conditions. In the Newlands with the ball moving around, who scored? Aiden Markram and a few Indian batters who took the attack to the opposition. Players who are conservative generally struggle.”
AB de Villiers emphasized the importance of Kohli’s friendship and stated that even if he learns the reason, he won’t share it publicly. As England gears up for the Test series in India, the Bazball philosophy, characterized by bold and attacking cricket, could prove effective in challenging conditions.
The absence of Kohli in the initial matches presents an additional challenge for the Indian team, making the series even more intriguing. Cricket enthusiasts are eager to witness how England’s aggressive approach unfolds against India’s spin-friendly pitches.
AB de Villiers concluded by saying, “No one knows what has happened yet. I am sure we will get to know soon. If Virat talks about personal reasons, there must be a very good reason for that. Maybe he is also tired. He has been playing a lot of cricket. Could be family stuff. I will find out soon but I won’t tell you guys. His friendship is too important to me.”