AB de Villiers: A Million dollar baby!
‘First man to get 200 and it’s the superman from India’, think everyone remembers these lines from Ravi Shastri. It seemed an apropos description for the moment but it was far from my wildest dream that a ‘superman’ in a literal sense will turn out on a cricket field.
Abraham Benjamin de Villiers a true wonder on a cricket field who makes people awe-struck with his stroke plays. A player who has taken batting to another level with his true 360 degree range.
Harbhajan Singh once famously reasoned for Sachin Tendulkar’s greatness after his famous innings of 98 against Pak in 2003, ‘Tendulkar is great because he has two strokes for every ball he plays’. Well if we put it in that context then AB De Villiers is certainly beyond greatness as he has four strokes for every ball bowled to him.
It is not the first time that AB De Villiers has played innings which has befuddled and captivated everyone with his batting skills. Anyone who is a keen follower of the IPL would have seen him snatch victory from opposition and win the game for RCB from near impossible positions. His team mate Dale Steyn, and one of the fiercest bowlers of the modern times, has been at the receiving end of his dextrous stroke play a couple of times. In times where batsmen struggles to hit Steyn to a long on or a long off, de Villiers deposited his full deliveries to the third man boundary for the maximum and that too with a reverse lap.
The prowess and deftness of the man himself was on display in a group match against West Indies where he came in at number five in the 30th over and just unleashed himself onto the West Indies bowlers scoring an incredible 162 off 66 balls. He took a liking to the West Indies bowlers especially their captain. Jason Holder had figures of 8-1-40-1 when he came on to bowl for his last two overs and ended with the figures of 10-1-104-1 as AB hammered him for 64 runs in two overs.
South Africa garnered a total of 261 runs in their last 20 overs; 163 runs in their last 10; 96 runs in their last five overs and 44 runs in last two overs of the innings.
Startling statistic: AB now has 20 ODI centuries to his name and all 20 has come at better than run a ball. He moved from 100 to 150 in just 12 balls. He now has the fastest fifty (16), fastest hundred (31) and fastest 150 (64) in ODI history…MORE STATS