Heinrich Klaasen delights in imitating AB de Villiers’ brilliance.

The explosive South African player discussed how maturing in his game has helped him better as a hitter.

Klaasen’s brilliant innings helped South Africa tie the ODI series against Australia at 2-2. He scored 174 off 83 balls to lead his team to a total of 416/5. His spectacular knock contained 13 fours and as many sixes. Australia fell short of their objective by 164 runs.

Klaasen addressed how his role model, AB de Villiers’ playing, influenced him in an interview with ESPNcricinfo.

“You look up to certain role models and aspire to be like them, such as AB de Villiers.” “You want to play every shot, but the genius of guys like AB was knowing when to play them,” Klaasen explained. “I experimented a lot with it and it didn’t work for me.” It was all about maturing into my game and understanding my possibilities.”

Klaasen described the mental shift that changed his game.

“What’s changed in my career is that I’m playing every ball as it comes and staying in that mindset,” Klaasen explained. “I don’t think about what I did the previous ball or what I might do the next ball.”

“When Tim David asked how many sixes I hit, I told him I didn’t know.” It demonstrates that my thinking was positive and that I was just focused on what was happening at the time. I need to go back and look at it again. It was incredible out there, and you only get that feeling once or twice in your career.”

He talked about how this change came about after being dropped in 2021. He returned to his domestic team and explained the changes he needed to make to his game.

“‘You’re employing too many alternatives,’ the coaches told me. Let’s limit yourself’. I bat within myself at first to have a decent platform, and then I can just respond to every ball: stand motionless, watch the ball, and hit it wherever I need to.

“My body will take control and simply react.” It took me a couple of months and a lot of hard effort to get back to my best.”

The last ODI of the five-match series will be played on September 17 at the Wanderers Stadium.