Sunil Gavaskar calls AB de Villiers as “ABCDE” of world cricket
Updated - May 25, 2016 10:29 am
South African batsman, Abraham Benjamin “AB” de Villiers is one of the most dynamic players in the cricketing world currently and one of the highly rated batsmen all around the globe. As of 2016, he has passed 8,000 runs in both Test and ODI cricket and has a Batting average of over fifty in both forms of the game.
On Tuesday, he led his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to the finals of the tournament. From 68 for the loss of 6 wickets, RCB went on to chase down the target of 159 with an innings of 79 from 47 balls, with 5 fours and 5 sixes at a strike-rate of 168.08, in the qualifier 1 of IPL 2016.
After the fabulous innings, the former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar called him as the “ABCDE” of world cricket and he quoted saying its abbreviation as “AB Can Do Everything”.
De Villiers is one of the players who has adapted really well across all formats. We had seen him scoring 149 runs off 44 balls in the shorter format of the game and we have also seen him with 43 runs off 297 balls which show his versatility and adaptability to the conditions. And in the shortest format of the game, we have seen him playing all of the modern day shots with even the yorker getting scooped over the fine-leg. His ability to hit the same ball to various corners of the ground garnered him the tag Mr. 360 and Superman. He is a great batsman, a great wicket-keeper, one of the better fielders cricket had ever seen and we had even seen AB rolling his arm over. Literally, as Gavaskar said – AB Can Do Everything.