Robin Uthappa describes ABD's speciality

It was in 2011, when AB de Villiers moved to Royal Challengers Bangalore from Delhi Daredevils, that AB's transformation sort of started.

Robin Uthappa describes ABD's speciality

That is when he began experimenting with angles on the ground. It was AB who made us all believe: man, this is possible. He just opened up the V to a complete 360, where you could use the whole ground.

Robin Uthappa describes ABD's speciality

Since then, we have seen how batters have been able to work the ability to use the ground into their game to create their own variations.

Robin Uthappa describes ABD's speciality

Like KL Rahul utilising the gap between fine leg and deep square leg and playing a pick-up towards long leg. He has refined it to the extent where we now recognise it as a trademark KL shot.

Robin Uthappa describes ABD's speciality

I was surprised to see Virat Kohli, who is otherwise orthodox, play the ramp in Australia last year, but it's testimony to how much batters today are thinking of what's possible.

Robin Uthappa describes ABD's speciality

Some of AB's strokes were definitely premeditated, but at the same time, they were also driven by his gut. If he instinctively felt that a shot was available, he could quickly get into position and execute.

Robin Uthappa describes ABD's speciality

He was obviously courageous and did get hit on a few occasions, but he was also extremely athletic: he knew how to fall down, how to roll. The reason he did so well, I think, is because he played different sports growing up: field hockey, rugby, tennis.

Robin Uthappa describes ABD's speciality

That was a massive advantage as he was naturally athletic. My wife, Sheetal [Goutham], a former professional tennis player, once told me that AB gets into tennis-like positions, as if he's about to play a forehand or receive a serve.