As the world prepares itself for a month long festival of cricket, there is one man adamant to rid his country of the ‘chokers’ tag. Abraham Benjamin De Villiers comes to the World Cup as the number one ranked batsman in the world and he has proven himself time and time again.
South Africa have been playing some staggering cricket in the build up to the World Cup, crushing West Indies at home 4-1. Skipper De Villiers amassed 249 runs in just 3 innings with an average of 83 and a stunning strike rate of 152.76.
A player familiar with breaking records, AB did just that when he scored the fastest ODI 50 (in 16 balls) and then the fastest hundred (in 31 balls) against West Indies in Durban. Apart from being technically sound, De Villiers shows that you don’t always need to slog or hit the ball hard to score quick runs. However, he is known for his innovative reverse scoops, and being able to score in all areas of the ground has often led him to being known as Mr.360. One of the major factors helping De Villiers to stay on top is his consistency. Whether it’s in South Africa or abroad, he just doesn’t stop scoring. He is one of the few batsman to consistently have an average of 50 and a strike rate of 90 plus. He’s a sharp thinker and has more than one shot for each delivery. He has the ability to change a match on its head, he’s a match winner and he is the man to watch out for this World Cup.
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