Such has been the stroke-play of AB de Villiers on the cricket field that his compatriot Dale Steyn had compared him with the character of Neo in The Matrix movie. Fondly called Mr 360 degree in the cricketing circles for his ability to play all around the park, de Villiers has made life tough for the bowlers.
“Oh, man, it’s like watching The Matrix movie, really. There is Neo for you right there. Like he just doesn’t understand how good he is,” Steyn had said after de Villiers smashed the fastest 150 in one-day international cricket during a 66-ball 162 against West Indies in the 2015 World Cup.
“Players around the world, bowlers are struggling to find a way to get this guy out. The only way to get him out is when he gets himself out. He’s that good at the moment. Hopefully, we can see more players like him because it does make the game more entertaining to watch,” he had added.
Well, recently another bowler got the taste of de Villiers’ amazing batting abilities and the bowler was none other than South Africa pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada. During the game between Titans and Highveld Lions in the Ram Slam T20 challenge, de Villiers blew away the Lions and Rabada was not spared either.
Chasing a competitive 135 in 15 overs in the rain-curtailed game, the Titans chased down the total in just 11.2 overs with de Villiers’ slamming his fastest T20 fifty on a stormy night at Supersport Park. De Villiers scored 50 off just 19 balls and added 85-run stand with Albie Morkel who scored 41 off just 16 balls.
But just when the fans thought they have seen everything, de Villiers showed them why he is called Mr 360 degree as he scooped Rabada for a maximum over fine leg, leaving the bowler shell shocked. On the very next ball, he hit another six to wrap up the game.
Here is a clip of de Villiers’ stunning shot (Watch from 1.47):