"Yes, he is without a doubt," the Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor said when asked if the South African is the most complete batsman in the modern era. (Agencies)
"And I feel (Glenn) Maxwell is getting there. Like Maxwell, AB can play shots all around the wicket. He has got three or four shots for one delivery. There is nothing that he cannot do when he is batting. He is quick on his feet and in his thought process,” said Laxman.
"To execute some of the shots he has played, one has to have a quick mind, which he has done effectively not only to mediocre bowlers but also to the best in the business. He is quick on his feet, always thinking, and an exceptional runner between the wickets, which makes him a complete cricketer," he said.
The elegant batsman said that de Villiers have the perfect blend of orthodoxy and innovation.
"That is why he is complete. Because of his good basic technique, even on tough conditions, he can adapt quickly. To unsettle the opposition, he can play some freak shots and get his innovation into the picture and change the game singlehandedly. He has the potential to play aggressively and be defensive at the same time," said Laxman.
Laxman did not end there, adding that the South African batting mainstay, who is playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, has an astute cricketing brain when it comes to batting.
"I do not know him personally, but the way he bats, you can make out that he responds to a particular situation in a certain way. A B exactly plays the way he should in a particular situation," said Laxman.
Talking about India and Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Laxman said every cricketer would like to have his temperament.
"The reason M S Dhoni has been so successful is his temperament and situational awareness, which is so important for a cricketer. He understands exactly what is to be done as a captain and as a batsman in a particular situation, and he delivers more often than not,” said Laxman.
"Yes, he is without a doubt," the Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor said when asked if the South African is the most complete batsman in the modern era.