de Villiers has a sharp cricketing mind: Jennings

Updated: 08 June 2011 21:00 IST

Former skipper Ray Jennings feels that AB de Villiers has the potential to become a good South African cricket captain.

Johannesburg:

Former skipper Ray Jennings feels that AB de Villiers has the potential to become a good South African cricket captain.

Jennings, coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore, said De Villiers, who played for the same franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has a sharp cricket brain.

"AB has a sharp cricket brain. He assesses situations quickly and acts accordingly. I certainly don't believe that South African cricket made a mistake to appoint him as captain (for ODIs and T20s)," said Jennings.

"It really was a privilege to have AB in my team. He may not have had the best IPL with the bat, but the role he played in the team was of immense value. He is someone who leads by example. He always pitches for training first and does not hesitate to offer young players advice during the net sessions. He was also a pillar of strength for our captain Daniel Vettori, who relied on him a lot on the field," Sport24 quoted Jennings as saying.

Jennings hoped that De Villiers' wicketkeeping will not suffer despite his responsibilities as a captain and batsman.

"I was also happy with his wicketkeeping and certainly don't believe that it will suffer now that he has taken over the captaincy of South Africa."

Topics : Cricket South Africa AB de Villiers Ray Jennings
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