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You can't ask for more Absolutely Brilliant De Villiers
18 January 2017
Autobiographies can be a bit boring if the narration and the content have not been taken care of. But I like the way AB formed and narrated the whole book. You feel like you are living with AB throughout. I mean you really are in his head when he is scoring a 31 ball century, and you know exactly how he is feeling when he is going out to bat and then what he is thinking precisely after every over. Similarly you feel like you are at the field when Dale Styeyn is bowling to Grant Elliot with New Zealand requiring just 5 runs to enter the 2015 world cup final.
Another great thing about the book is that he has never elaborated any of the matches or his innings more than requisite and he often sticks to the parts that were either unknown or interesting. Sometimes he presents a well-known scenario with a completely new perspective. I found so many little but interesting anecdotes that I never lost interest, even for a para. Maybe it was because I didn’t follow South African cricket that closely, but am pretty sure the way the incidents are presented will incite interest in everyone. His changed approach towards test cricket after his first double hundred against India at Ahmedabad OR the bumped catch incident against England OR when he was out on a ball which bounced twice are few among many. Even his first test duck incident was as interesting as his highest test score of 278* (a South African record that time) which co-incidentally happened on his mom’s birthday.
Obviously the details of his early life before he became a successful cricketer were even more interesting and completely fresh. I will always remember 20 Mentz Avenue and Affies whenever I’ll watch him play now. The small facts such as he and Faf were batchmates in Affies or AB carried Jacques rudolph’s bag (An Affies' tradition) kept the book as interesting as it was. He shared some personal things as well such as his school friends’ whatsapp group "Oerbuds", his friendship with morkel brothers and the time he rented apartment with them, his proposal to Danielle at The Taj and his wedding details with the song written by his wife. I liked the part with his golf match with Ernie Els the most. We all know AB as a cricketer but it was really great getting to know him as a person. He has dedicated a whole chapter to South Africa, not cricket but the country in general that shows how much he loves his country, and the description of porteafire and the song he made is really inspiring. He even dedicated one small chapter to India, which ends with "क्रिकेट खेलने के लिए सबसे अच्छी जगह भारत है".
Above all I like the book because of the honesty with which it’s written. People do all kind of stuff to make a book sensational (remember shoaib, flintoff or even gilly for that matter) but I love the way AB put all his feeling without making it controversial and believe me he has talked about a lot of things. For example how he hates the Choker word and how he doesn’t like to face media after losing, how he was surprised to find out his auction value in 1st IPL and the importance of that money. He even wrote about the racism issue in South African cricket as well but he has kept all of it non-controversial and presents it in the best possible way. I liked AB quite much before reading this biography but now I like him more and he definitely deserves all the appreciations for this book.