Former South African batsman AB de Villiers recently broke the heart of his millions of fans when it emerged that he wouldn’t be coming out of retirement to take part in the forthcoming T20 World Cup.
The announcement finally brought down curtains on what was a stellar International career for the champion Proteas batter.
Having made his debut way back in 2004, AB de Villiers captured the imagination of the cricketing folklore courtesy of his outrageous 360-degree stroke play and amazing consistency across all three formats of the game.
De Villiers belonged to the rare breed of batters who could adjust their game according to the demand and format of the game.
He could go berserk in a white-ball international and peel off a 30-ball 100 while at the same time, he also had the ability to grind out a 220-ball 33 as he did at the Adelaide Oval against Australia in 2012 to help South Africa save the Test match.
What made AB de Villiers such a difficult proposition for the bowlers is the fact that his strokeplay was backed with a robust technique and immaculate footwork which allowed him to get into positions pretty early and hit the bowler in whatever direction he wanted to.
No wonder why most of the bowlers of his era pick him as the most difficult batsman to bowl at.
The latest to name AB de Villers as the most difficult batsman to bowl to is Pakistan’s left-arm pacer, Wahab Riaz.
Riaz, who had quite a few tussle’s with AB de Villiers during his career, was asked to name the toughest batsmen to bowl to during a recent rapid-fire round hosted by Cricket Pakistan.
And, the Pakistani international had no hesitation in picking the former South African captain.
Meanwhile, Wahab Riaz is currently out of favor as far as the national side is concerned. He last represented Pakistan during the 2020 trip to New Zealand, post which he wasn’t considered for the home and away series against South Africa and the T20I series against Zimbabwe.
As far as AB de Villiers is concerned, the champion cricketer represented South Africa in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs, and 78 T20Is between 2004-2018 in which he scored a total of 20,014 runs at an average of 48.11 with a total of 109 half-centuries, 47 tons and 2 double-hundreds.