Just how good was AB de Villiers, the Test batsman? Here’s a clue. When needed, he could block as well as Trevor ‘Barnacle’ Bailey and Chris Tavare. On other days, he could scatter the bowling to all parts as Viv Richards once had, playing incredible strokes that left even the West Indian great open-mouthed. In his last act as an international player, he was instrumental in South Africa’s Test series wins over India and Australia, eclipsing two of the other greats of our time – Virat Kohli and Steve Smith.