IPL 2020: “AB de Villiers better than Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Babar.” Former Netherlands captain Peter Borren said AB de Villiers is better than Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Joe Root and Babar Azam, adding into the debate of ‘big four’.
230 runs at an average of 46 scored at a striking pace of 179.68, which is the most among players who have scored in excess of 200 runs in IPL 2020 – a glance at AB de Villiers features why he has been an X-factor for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020. Season after season, de Villiers turns up and makes everybody observe him. That it has proceeded even after his international retirement says a lot about de Villiers’ quality and class as a cricketer. That’s tempting!
AB de Villiers is better than ‘the big four’
Talking on a similar point, former Netherlands skipper Diminish Borren said AB de Villiers is superior to Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Joe Root and Babar Azam. Borren named the talk around the ‘big four’ of world cricket entertaining and said de Villiers is effectively in a way that is better than every one of them.
“The ‘big four’ chat you hear sometimes about Smith, Williamson, Kohli and Babar/Root is funny because Ab de Villiers is better than all of them,” tweeted Borren.
In his illustrious international career, former World No. 1 batsman De Villiers has scored 8765 runs in 114 Tests at an average of 50.66 and 9577 runs in 228 ODIs at an average of 53.5.
The move to send the likes of AB de Villiers at no.6 did not go down well
The former South African captain is considered one of the legends of the game. Therefore it was a huge surprise for fans and experts seeing when he was sent to bat at No.6 behind Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube in IPL 2020 RCB’s match against KXIP in Sharjah. This after de Villiers had scored an unbeaten 73 off just 33 balls against KKR.
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The move to send the likes of AB de Villiers at no.6 did not go down well with the experts as they expressed their disbelief. De Villiers was out for 2 off 5 balls. Skipper Virat Kohli top-scored with 48 off 39 balls in his 200th game for RCB but it was Chris Morris’ 25 off 8 in the death overs that took the team to a competitive score of 171 to chase.
KXIP end their losing streak
But with the fifties from KL Rahul, and Chris Gayle, and a six off the final ball from Nicholas Pooran, saw Kings XI Punjab putting an end to their losing streak in the IPL 2020.
Kohli explains the reason why AB was sent at no.6
After the match, RCB captain Virat Kohli explained the reason behind it.
“We had a chat (AB batting at no, 6) and there was a message from outside about the left-hand, right-hand combination. Sometimes these decisions you make, don’t come off. We are pretty happy with the decisions we took but sometimes it doesn’t come off,” he said.