Bangalore, May 7: Is there anything that Abraham Benjamin de Villiers cannot do on a cricket field? Many posed this question after his brilliance on Sunday night. Super batsman, agile wicketkeeper, sprinter, leader, all rolled into one is De Villiers.
After watching his exceptional batting (17-ball 47 not out) against Deccan Chargers, you could call him, Awesome Brilliant de Villiers. In 10 IPL 5 innings, he has 292 runs at a stupendous strike rate of 171.76.
Royal Challengers Bangalore stand-in captain Virat Kohli summed up what De Villiers is capable of. “When you have De Villiers, anything is possible.” Of course, impossible is a word which might not exist in the South African's dictionary.
This is not the first time he bailed RCB out of a tight situation. At the same venue, he annihilated Pune Warriors paceman Ashish Nehra in the final over of the game for a sensational win.
They say, lightning never strikes twice! But it does not apply to De Villiers.
One of the fittest cricketers in the world, De Villiers is capable of running a 100-metre dash in 11 seconds. Even some of top sprinters would be proud of such time.
Right from his young days, De Villiers was highly talented. He excelled not only in cricket, but rugby, golf and tennis. The man from Pretoria could have taken up the other three sports, but chose to hold a cricket bat.
Former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody, who was at the ground as a commentator, called De Villiers as the best batsman in all forms of the game at the moment.
“had the privilege to witness this genius live he has to be the best batsman in ALL forms in the world if not like to know who?” Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) tweeted on Monday morning.
The South African captain in ODIs and Twenty20s, De Villiers is certainly on his way to becoming the best batsman in the world. Many might argue that he is already the best in the business. But there are other batsmen who are in the same league as De Villiers. It is hard to conclude. If not now, the 28-year-old will soon rule the world.
It was also important for RCB and their fans to look at a player beyond Chris Gayle. It was always the Jamaican who stole the show in RCB games. Be it last year or in the current IPL. With De Villiers batting, RCB have proved it is not only about Gayle.
The Gayle-De Villiers combination could be lethal. One batsman sets the stage alight by opening the batting and the other walks out to provide the perfect climax for a game.
RCB have suddenly emerged as title favourites again, thanks to De Villiers.
Let the De Villiers show go on.