De Villiers says Virat Kohli among best bats in world

Cape Town: South African batsman AB de Villiers has described India`s Virat Kohli as among the top three batsmen in international cricket, and expressed a desire to bat at No 3 in all formats for the Proteas.

Currently the world`s No 1-ranked batsman in Test and One-Day International cricket, De Villiers was quoted by Sport 24, as telling the Beeld website that while he was not sure about being the world`s best batsman, he would like to test himself batting at No. 3 in all three formats of the game.

He, however, added that Coach Russell Domingo was of the view that he needed to be protected a bit at No 5 in Test cricket because he was also the team`s wicketkeeper.

When asked who he thought was the world`s best, De Villiers singled out India`s Virat Kohli, Sri Lanka`s Kumar Sangakkara and West Indies` Shivnarine Chanderpaul as three players who stand out.

De Villiers and his Proteas team-mates are currently in Sri Lanka where they are preparing for three ODIs and two Tests. The first ODI starts in Colombo on Sunday.

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