How AB de Villiers is helping budding cricketers in SA | Daily News

How AB de Villiers is helping budding cricketers in SA

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers

'AB de Villiers is the complete batsman on earth. I demand a DNA test of de Villiers. This game is only for humans. AB de Villiers is changing the rules of the game' – These are the praises that have been earned by the Protea man. De Villiers in his groove is probably cricket at its best. While his batting is a treat to watch for the fans, it is a nightmare for the bowlers.

Mr. 360 as he is rightly called is known to be a good man outside the field as well. He is often seen talking to the ball boys and getting to know them. These things may look simple but speak volumes about the great man. He has given literally everything to the game. The worst sight ever for his fans was the heartbreaking loss at the 2015 World Cup. Tears in his eyes had brought tears to the cricketing world.

MONETARY ASSISTANCE

De Villiers' presence in the squad has bolstered the already strong Protea side who is set to face India on January 5. The South African team recently played the historic day-night Test against Zimbabwe. According to sources, it is believed that Rand1000, R2000 and R2500 respectively are donated to SA's cricket developmental programmes for every 4, 6 and wicket in home Tests. Monetary assistance is provided to kids who can use it to realise their dreams.

A Sunfoil Educational Trust has been set up to help the budding crickets in the country. After the end of the 37th over, the SET was sitting pretty at R23,000. Since its inception, a whopping 2 million Rand has been raised. This is a great initiative in the country that can help identify young talents who can be nurtured to become better cricketers.

A RECORD AMOUNT WAS RAISED

During the Sunfoil Test series between England and South Africa that ended early this year, a record amount of R8,50,000 was raised for Willowton Group's Sunfoil Education Trust. “It's great that we can contribute to such a worthy cause. We would like to make a difference and add value to any young cricketer's career. It's a great initiative and I would like to challenge all my teammates to give it their best and fight for the top spot on the Sunfoil Education Trust Leaderboard this season,” De Villiers was quoted as saying by the press when asked about this initiative.

These types of schemes are both good for the country and the game. Cricket is a Gentleman's game and it must stay that way. More and more countries can come up with such initiatives for various causes that is for the greater good. - CT 


 

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