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AB the 'most valuable cricketer on the planet'

Former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist has heaped praise on the Proteas skipper ahead of the World Cup.

FILE: Proteas ODI captain AB de Villiers. Picture: Official CSA Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Australia's three-time ICC Cricket World Cup winner Adam Gilchrist says Proteas skipper AB de Villiers is the "most valuable cricketer on the planet".

Speaking to the ICC, Gilchrist said, "De Villiers is the most valuable cricketer on the planet. His versatility is extraordinary and he is amazing to watch."

De Villiers will feature in his third World Cup.

In 175 one-day internationals to date, de Villiers has scored 7,210 runs with 18 centuries and 42 half-centuries.

He has captained South Africa in 56 ODIs, winning 31 matches, and while behind the stumps, he has taken 88 scalps.

Gilchrist added, "He's so inventive … he can play a touch game or a power game. Then, he can also keep wickets. He's also one of the best fielders in the world and recently has taken some wickets when he had a bowl. And he leads his team very well, so, I think he's the most valuable cricketer around."

The World Cup will be hosted by both New Zealand and Australia from 14 February to 29 March.