AB Devilliers (ABD) is known for his innovate batting style,
temperament, and versatility in strokes. With his exceptional skills,
he has gained the reputation of a dependable player in the South
African Cricket Team. With him on the crease, nothing seems impossible
as he has pulled out his team from impossible situations innumerable
times. His success has a lot to do to his confidence in his
capabilities and effortless batting skills. He shocked the entire
cricket fraternity by announcing surprise retirement from all forms of
cricket in 2018 when he was at his peak.
There are lots of things to learn from this gifted player not only
from his cricketing skills but all about personality traits that he
Few key traits of ABD which are inspirational are listed below:
ABD is the most destructive player in recent times. He is the hardest
hitter of the cricket ball and very aggressive in nature. With his
versatile style, he would dominate the bowlers and getting him out is
the most priced wicket for any bowler. When he gets going, he is very
aggressive in his game and dictates the game and completely
demoralizes the bowler. He is completely fearless and that quality put
him in a completely different league of a great batsman like Viv
Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, etc
Emulating this quality in real life, we are not very aggressive in
real life, be it personal or professional. We must not fear any work
and must attack that work with full might. Our aggression in the
workplace will put us in a different league of professionals. With
aggression, I mean to say that fearlessness regarding the work, this
can be achieved only when you have confidence in your abilities and
skills for completion of the work.
ABD is an unconventional player who innovates unbelievable cricket
shots. His uncanny ability to innovate these shots creates a whole lot
of difficulties for the bowlers. He practices each shot so many times
in the nets that he becomes confident in delivering the shot to
perfection during the match.
Drawing parallels to life, how many times we experiment in life?
Actually, as human beings, we are programmed to live in a specific way
throughout our life. Rarely, do we experiment on doing something
different in life owing to the fear of failure or fear of criticism?
We rarely think out of the box in professional and personal life.
However, those who think experimentally different are the ones who are
successful professionally and personally. Think about it…
ABD rarely demonstrates outburst of emotions; he has an uncanny
ability to control his emotions on the field. HE never celebrates too
loud neither he is too sad being on the losing side. He displays a
very balanced behavior which is a sign of maturity.
How many times do we balance our emotions? Human beings are
emotionally controlled beings but when the emotions take over any
person, he will never be able to perform in life. Only a matured and
emotionally balanced person is successful. If you need to be
successful, this is a must-have quality which one needs to develop
He does not depend on someone else to win matches for South Africa.
There are numerous occasions wherein he has stepped up and delivered
and single-handed won matches for his team. This shows that he takes
complete responsibility for his team and take them over the line.
Personally, and Professionally, anyone who takes the responsibility of
taking the family/team towards a win will always be preferred. How
many times do we raise our hands and take this responsibility of
completing a task at home/work? You want to be successful, start
taking responsibility and delivering things, you will start becoming a
preferred player in your team/family. Try it out..
A smile on your face tells a lot about your personality and character.
ABD always wears a smile on his face and that shows that he is a
positive and confident person. In troubled times, he would come up to
the bowler and cheer them up with a smile.
SMILE is contagious and one should always wear it. As adults do you
know how many times we smile in a day? On average adults smile only 20
times while a child smiles for 380 times a day. This indicates that as
we grow in life, we smile less and become more stressful. One should
always smile more and see the difference…try this one too…
Thus, in his span in the international cricket ABD has flabbergasted
us on so many occasions with his cricketing skills. He has equally
inspired us with his personality and has taught us so many things. The
above list is just a few of his qualities and my apologies for missing
a lot of his qualities. He is being an inspiration for many
generations to come and such a player and person is difficult to find