August 31, 2012

South African cricket

De Villiers shouldn't be burdened by Test captaincy

Abhishek Mukherjee

AB de Villiers is valuable to the South African Test side as a batsman, and the responsibilities of captaincy in Tests may hamper his batting, writes Stuart Hess for the Independent, concluding he mustn't lead the side in Tests.

De Villiers really shouldn’t be burdened with batting, keeping and captaining in the five-day format – that would be, even for one as enthusiastic and willing as De Villiers, too much to bear. Immediately there’ll be those who’ll point to Mahendra Singh Dhoni as an example of someone who has done all three, but it must be remembered De Villiers is far more important to South Africa as a batsman than Dhoni is to India in that role.

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