South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir described captain AB de Villiers as "the best player of the century" after the skipper smashed a whirlwind, undefeated 162 against the West Indies at the World Cup.
His mohawk hairdo caught the eye as much as his wide range of shots, but Virat Kohli was focus personified while feasting on the spinners at the nets here on Friday, as India geared up to take on a traditionally pace-heavy South Africa in their next cricket World Cup match.
South Africa could be without frontline spin bowler Imran Tahir for the fourth one-dayer against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after he injured his knee in the 73-run defeat in Canberra on Wednesday.
South Africa will look to extract an advantage from their superior spin stocks when they take on a hard-hitting Australian side in the second match of a triangular series in Harare on Wednesday. Number 1 ranked Australia issued a statement of intent on Monday when they crushed Zimbabwe by 198 runs in the series opener, exhibiting a greater degree of ruthlessness than South Africa did in winning a three-match one-day series against the hosts in Bulawayo last week.
Dane Piedt became the second South African in 126 years to take a wicket with his first ball in test cricket but said it was not his most memorable scalp of the day and that he could have played better.
Languishing at the bottom of the table, Delhi Daredevils need a miracle of sorts to make the knock-outs and leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who is set to make his IPL debut, is hoping to use his experience of playing on sub-continent wickets to get the team out of doldrums.